Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

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Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154
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Update by edhat staff
3:40 p.m., January 9, 2019

Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision on Highway 154 where one vehicle rolled over.

At 2:45 p.m., Santa Barbara County Firefighters responded 3.5 miles north of Highway 101 on Highway 154. They found a two-door Mini Cooper that was traveling westbound and a Toyota Tacoma traveling eastbound had collided head-on.

Following the collision, the Tacoma had rolled onto its roof and both vehicles sustained major damage, said SBCFD Public Information Officer Mike Eliason.

The Tacoma had a male driver and female passenger inside. Both were uninjured and managed to self-extricate before firefighters arrived. The male driver of the Mini Cooper suffered minor to moderate leg injuries and was transported to the hospital. 

The westbound lane of Highwa 154 is completely blocked with a lot of backed up traffic. 

California Highway Patrol is investigating this incident.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
2:44 p.m., January 9, 2019

Head on vehicle collision on Highway 154 at San Antonio Creek Road.

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Rugger Jan 10, 2019 03:24 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

"California Highway Patrol is investigating this incident." Is there ever any reporting on what they find in their investigations?

Lucky 777 Jan 10, 2019 03:01 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

If you need proof that Google Maps directions etc are impacting the 154 just go up to the northern junction with 101 and 154 and watch how almost every car now gets off the southbound 101 and takes 154. The kind of person who wants to get to SB quicker is NOT who should be speeding on that rural road. And as for drivers who drive too slow being a hazard, I drive the 154 towing a horse trailer, going the speed limit, and using turn-outs. NOT obeying the speed law to aggravate other people, but to be safe.

letmego Jan 11, 2019 09:21 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

We use Waze and google maps and they ALWAYS tell us to go up 154 if we are headed to Solvang or anywhere else north. We don't follow those directions.

therealbebe Jan 10, 2019 03:10 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

Horse trailers are another story entirely. It's totally reasonable for you to drive more slowly (for those of us with any common sense). I see lots of people with trailers driving very conscientiously, aware of others, using the turnouts, etc. and am always grateful.

Surfgooose Jan 10, 2019 01:34 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

If you're going 15 mph faster than someone driving the speed limit on the 154 after entering the pass you'll traverse the 5 miles to the base of the pass only 1 minute and 40 seconds faster, basic rate/time math. stop driving with your emotions and simply drive as fast is safe for you AND the other folks on the road. your self importance gets you nowhere faster.

Jambalaya Jan 10, 2019 09:49 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

I commuted to SB on the pass for 16 years. I saw many people holding their phones at the top of their steering wheel so they could text while driving. It definitely got worse as wine tasting and the casino increased. Slower traffic needs to keep right, and those that want to pass need to wait until it is legal to do so. I saw at least 3 head on collisions with dead bodies inside, and barely missed hitting deer myself. Eventually, idiot tourists in an Escape camper van smashed into a car waiting to turn left and sent it into my wife’s path. She wasn’t seriously injured, but her car was totaled, and it was at least 6 weeks before she would drive the pass again. Commuting regularly on the 154 finally became out of the question after that.

a-1547989838 Jan 10, 2019 09:00 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

With most people traveling distance using Google Maps, Highway 154 has taken on more traffic as it is the shorter route (by about 5 minutes).

therealbebe Jan 10, 2019 10:28 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

Luvaduck, many SUVs are no more expensive than regular sedans. I absolutely would rather - and do - drive an SUV for safety's sake. I have a child and do a lot of driving with her. I would rather her be surrounded by a "tank" than a tin can, any day of the week. Mind your own car business.

monkeyboy Jan 10, 2019 10:24 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

The Tacoma is a truck, Duck. People use trucks for all variety of things, work, home improvement, weekend sports, towing trailers. Why do people think they need to judge other's choices rather than just managing their own lives.

420722 Jan 09, 2019 11:16 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

Maybe a big neon sign before heading up that says hey assholes, don’t tail gate, don’t text, don’t swerve over the yellow line you are risking lives and if your going to go under the speed limit then please just stay home. Obviously the city would never put such a sign but it’s fun to imagine what it could say.

letmego Jan 11, 2019 09:24 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

I hate driving on the pass and always am a bit under the speed limit. Especially at night. I'm also perfectly happy to pull over and let people pass - but unfortunately, when you are coming down hill into SB, there really aren't that many places to do so safely.

420722 Jan 10, 2019 12:29 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

Yes, when the limit is 45-50 and people are doing 20-25 I do have a problem with that. That’s not “a bit under”. That’s crazy.

therealbebe Jan 10, 2019 10:38 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

Nature Boy, I doubt he's talking about "a bit" under the speed limit. I drive 154 several times a week for years now. And yes, the slow pokes who drive like frightened geriatrics do cause serious hazards. There are numerous blind curves, and I can't tell you how many times myself and others have been traveling at a normal rate of speed, only to come around a curve and have to SLAM on our breaks because someone is going way too slow. It's dangerous. Usually, these are the same people that speed up to 70mph once they hit the passing lanes, causing others to have to accelerate to even highers speeds in order to pass (and then, inevitably, the slow poke goes back down to 40mph). It creates a cluster, and absolutely IS dangerous.

Nature Boy Jan 10, 2019 08:20 AM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

You’re against people going a bit UNDER the speed limit on the most dangerous highway in Santa Barbara?? That’s crazy.

LocalMatt Jan 09, 2019 10:00 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

This has been happening for way to long. The reason it seems like it happens more often is that roger gives you the info instantly, and other sources come in later. But just 10 years ago it was keyt or the news press. If they didnt cover it you wouldn't be in the know.

Yeti Jan 09, 2019 07:56 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

It is unreal how absorbed drivers get with everything BUT DRIVING SAFELY. Prior to 5 years ago, you rarely hear of these types of accidents. now with smart phone use, you almost hear it daily. The police really need to wrap their heads around solutions to this problem. Heavy handed enforcement is obviously very necessary.

oceandrew Jan 10, 2019 01:43 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

YETI you only hear about it because of the scanner mavens broadcasting every call that goes over the air. The pass has always been deadly long before smartphones or even SUVs.

a-1547989838 Jan 09, 2019 06:07 PM
Head-On Vehicle Collision on Highway 154

I cannot tell you how many times I see cars swerving over the yellow line on the pass, likely texting or who knows what. So many accidents on there now. PPL tailgate, drive way too fast and don't understand that road. It's about time they either lower the speed limit and start enforcing it with tickets on a regular basis, or erect a large sign at the beginning saying "dangerous road drive at own risk and watch out" to scare people away.

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