Three Children Injured in Highway 1 Vehicle Crash

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Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)
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By the edhat staff

Three children, including one infant, were among those injured in a vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Lompoc Friday morning.

At 9:23 a.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the area near Santa Lucia Canyon Road for a reported multi-vehicle collision. Vandenberg Space Force firefighters and Air Support Unit Helicopter 3 also responded to the area to assist. 

Upon arrival crews discovered it was a two vehicle collision including a minivan and a sedan. There were a total of eight patients from the minivan, one with a minor, four with moderate injuries, and three juveniles with serious injuries. Of the juveniles, two are infants with one transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by helicopter and the other transported by ground ambulance to Lompoc Medical Center. The third juvenile was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center by ground amublance.

California Highway Patrol shut down the roadway for a period of time, but all roadways are currently open.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds all parents and caregivers to make sure carseats are properly installed in vehicles.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.


Photo: SBCFD

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letmego Sep 16, 2022 03:05 PM
Three Children Injured in Highway 1 Vehicle Crash

Some vans are actually 8 passenger vans. My SIL has one. 2-3-3. I've sat in the 2nd row middle seat. Not terribly comfortable with 3 adults in a row, but seatbelts for all.

SBSand Sep 16, 2022 03:25 PM
Three Children Injured in Highway 1 Vehicle Crash

According to Noozhawk, "Three of the children were critically injured, and one of the infants was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, Safechuck said." Ugh - EJECTED!

"County Fire personnel on the scene said one car seat “wasn’t mounted to the seat when they found it,” indicating it was not installed properly, Safechuck said."

a-1663373243 Sep 16, 2022 05:07 PM
Three Children Injured in Highway 1 Vehicle Crash

Charged, seriously? Studies show about 50% of carseats are installed improperly. So should we lock up all those parents? Have you tried to install one? It's a mind-F***.

tinker1 Sep 17, 2022 07:54 AM
Three Children Injured in Highway 1 Vehicle Crash

The police department offers free safety checks on car seats. They make you do so much stuff at the hospital when you leave with your baby this should be a requirement.

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