Identities Released in Double Fatal Traffic Collision at El Capitan
Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
2:00 p.m., July 20, 2021
The Coroner's Bureau is releasing the names of the decedents from the vehicle accident on 7/15/21 on Hwy 101 at El Capitan Ranch. The decedents are 52-year-old Maria Sanchez De Bautista and 20-year-old Yazmin Bautista Sanchez, both from Santa Maria.
Update by the California Highway Patrol
4:00 p.m., July 15, 2021
On July 15, 2021, at approximately 7:55 A.M., a fatal traffic collision involving six vehicles occurred on U.S. 101, south of El Capitan State Beach. The collision occurred when the driver of a Ford Expedition traveling northbound lost control and moved to the left across the #1 lane, through the median, and into the southbound lanes. Two occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene and four other people involved in the collision were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with injuries.
Prior to the collision, the Expedition was traveling at a speed of approximately 70 miles per hour within the #2 lane. For reasons unknown to investigators at this time, the driver lost control of the Expedition and drove it to the left upon the roadway. The Expedition crossed into the #1 lane and collided with the right front of a Ford F-450 which was traveling to the left of the Expedition within the #1 lane. The Expedition continued to the left across the #1 northbound lane, through the median that separates the northbound lanes from the southbound lanes, and headed directly for the southbound lanes. At this time there were multiple vehicles approaching the location traveling southbound within both the #1 and #2 southbound lanes. The Expedition was propelled into the air as it entered the southbound lanes. The Expedition collided with two vehicles which were traveling within the #1 lane, a Honda Accord and a Dodge Grand Caravan. The Expedition overturned onto its right side and continued to the left across the #1 lane and into the #2 lane. A Chevy Bolt, followed by a Toyota Tundra, were both approaching the location traveling southbound within the #2 lane. The drivers of both the Chevy Bolt and the Toyota Tundra swerved to the right in attempts to avoid the collision. The Expedition collided with the Chevy within the #2 lane. Debris from the collision struck the Toyota causing damage to the truck. The Expedition came to rest disabled on its right side, facing in a southerly direction, partially blocking the #2 lane. The Dodge came to rest disabled on all four of its tires, facing in a south easterly direction, blocking the southbound lanes.
Two female passengers in the Expedition sustained major injuries as a result of the collision and were pronounced deceased at the scene by American Medical Response (A.M.R.) personnel. The other three occupants of the Expedition, including the driver, also sustained injuries as a result of this collision; all three were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, two of them with major injuries. The driver of the Dodge Caravan was also transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with major injuries. Additionally, all three occupants of the Honda Accord were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
This collision is still under investigation. The California Highway Patrol was assisted in this collision investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and American Medical Response (A.M.R.).
Update by Caltrans
1:00 p.m., July 15, 2021
As of 12:55 p.m. Thursday, the southbound lanes of Highway 101 near El Capitan State Beach are now open.
Update by edhat staff
9:00 a.m., July 15, 2021
A double fatal traffic collision has closed the southbound lanes of Highway 101 near El Capitan State Beach Thursday morning.
Emergency responders arrived south of El Capitan Road at 7:59 a.m. and discovered a two-vehicle collision between a Ford Expedition SUV and Dodge Grand Caravan.
Extensive extrication was required to reach the occupants of each vehicle.
Two people were pronounced dead on the scene and four others sustained critical injuries. The four patients were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The southbound lanes are current closed with no estimated time for reopening.
California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of this collision.
Date/Time: Thursday July 15, 2021 at 8:55 AM
Location: Southbound US Highway 101 near El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara County.
Description of Incident: The southbound lanes of US 101 are closed near El Capitan State Beach due to an incident involving several vehicles.
Estimated Time of Opening: There is no estimate for re-opening. A detour is available on Highway 154 and 246.
CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov