Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision
Update by edhat staff
A driver was impaled in the forehead by a metal rod while driving in Santa Maria Friday evening.
At 5:00 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters reported to a vehicle accident on E. Betteravia and Telephone Road. Upon arrival crews discovered a vehicle with two occupants. The passenger was unharmed while the 49-year-old male driver sustained serious injuries.
A metal pole or pipe that was either kicked up from the roadway or another vehicle, crashed into the vehicle and impaled the driver in the forehead region. Firefighters extricated the driver who was flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via CalStar helicopter.
The incident is under investigation.
Vehicle accident, E Betteravia and Telephone Rd. Orcutt. 49 year old male with serious injuries following vehicle accident. SBC FF’s treated and packaged patient impaled by metal rod. Transported to Cottage via Calstar. Call newsline @YourFireChief @EliasonMike pic.twitter.com/JZx6MJTol0
— Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) May 4, 2019
Penetrating injury at Bettervia and Telephone. Cal Star is responding, the intersection is blocked off.