Triple Fatal Head-On Collision on SR-166

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Triple Fatal Head-On Collision on SR-166
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Update by edhat staff
5:20 p.m., December 3, 2017

A triple fatality head-on traffic collision took place on SR-166 near Cuyama late Sunday afternoon.

At 4:21 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the vehicle accident one mile west of Cuyama. On arrival, they found two SUV's had collided head-on. Inside one vehicle was a male and a female, estimated to be in their 40s or 50s. Inside the other vehicle was a single male in his 20s, reported Captain Dave Zaniboni.

All three motorists were pronounced dead on arrival. 

A CALstar helicopter and ambulance were canceled en route. California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of this incident.


By an edhat reader
4:37 p.m., December 3, 2017

Shortly before 4:30 P.M. two SUVs were in a head-on collision on Hwy 166, approximately a mile west of Cuyama. First-responders reported three dead upon arrival. I heard it from SB County Dispatch Center via the scanner.

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JB86 Dec 03, 2017 09:33 PM
Triple Fatal Head-On Collision on SR-166

Yes, therealbebe; Been here about 40 years, including navigating every road in the county. I know full well how remote the Cuyama valley is. CHP does great work; I'm just suggesting maybe we need more coverage, not that it would have made a difference in this case.

tagdes Dec 04, 2017 11:57 AM
Triple Fatal Head-On Collision on SR-166

Totally agree and if additional law enforcement resources are needed for something serious we can always get inter agency assistance from Kern Co. sheriffs.

a-1516441290 Dec 04, 2017 10:36 AM
Triple Fatal Head-On Collision on SR-166

More coverage for what? There is nothing out there, relative to other areas. Paying extra officer$ to ride around in more crui$er$ just so they can respond to the occasional accident sounds like a waste of time, money, and resources to me.

JB86 Dec 03, 2017 06:41 PM
Triple Fatal Head-On Collision on SR-166

Interestingly, it took CHP half an hour to arrive on-scene. County Fire and Sheriffs were requesting CHP for traffic control starting at 4:35 P.M. Maybe we don't have enough CHP officers?

therealbebe Dec 03, 2017 07:07 PM
Triple Fatal Head-On Collision on SR-166

Maybe. Could also be the fact that this local is very rural. Have you been there? Do your homework before you type.

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