Triple fatal collision on Highway 154 (Photos: Mike Eliason / SBCFD)
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7:00 a.m., October 26, 2019
Highway 154 was reopened at 1:00 a.m. Saturday.
Update by edhat staff
6:00 p.m., October 25, 2019
Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Eliason has confirmed three people have died in the vehicle collision.
The initial investigation reveals the male driver of a black Camaro traveling westbound crossed over the double yellow lines and hit a Chevy Volt traveling eastbound where the two vehicles spun out and rested on the shoulder. A Denali SUV traveling behind the Volt also collided with the two vehicles, said Eliason.
Three people inside the Volt were confirmed dead on arrival, a woman and two children. The male driver of the Camaro was extricated and transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by a CalStar helicopter with life-threatening injuries.
The collision caused the Denali and Volt to catch fire which spread to nearby brush. The Camaro came to rest on the Cold Spring Bridge. Firefighters from the Los Padres National Forest Service responded to the scene and were able to quickly jump on the fire due to low winds, said Eliason.
The fire is under control and crews are on scene mopping up. Highway 154 is currently closed. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD
[Editor's Note: Initial reports from firefighters on the scene identified the Chevy Volt as a Toyota Prius]
Update by edhat staff
5:15 p.m., October 25, 2019
Caltrans has shut down Highway 154 near Cold Spring Bridge due to a brush fire that started from a fatal vehicle collision.
Santa Barbara County firefighters are on the scene with crews for the Los Padres National Forest.
The initial vehicle collision caused two critical injuries and required extrication. California Highway Patrol is now reporting two fatalities.
Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
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4:51 p.m., October 25, 2019
Vehicle collision and fire on Highway 154 at Cold Springs Bridge.