Vehicle and Brush Fire Off Highway 1

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

A vehicle collision sparked a brush fire off Highway 1 near Lompoc Thursday.

At 12:07 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the 700 block of Highway 1 near Constellation Road.

Captain Scott Safechuck reports a sedan crashed about fifty feet over the side of the roadway. The female driver was pulled from the vehicle by two uniformed military personnel.

Crews arrived and used a rope system to bring the driver to the roadway. She was transported by a ground ambulance to Marian Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

The vehicle collision also caused a fire that spread to nearby brush. Crews were able to quickly contain it and stop its forward progress.

The number two lane of Highway 1 northbound is currently closed north of Constellation Road for vehicle removal.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Photos: SBCFD

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sacjon Dec 08, 2022 06:51 PM
Vehicle and Brush Fire Off Highway 1

Highway 1 to Lompoc is another sketchy stretch. Head on traffic with no divider, curvy, minimal shoulders in parts (especially the curvy parts) and bad drivers. Be careful folks. Even though some insist a road can't be dangerous, please drive as if it is and be aware, focused, and not speeding.

Luvaduck Dec 09, 2022 07:26 AM
Vehicle and Brush Fire Off Highway 1

I grew up and lived in an area that had only 2-lane roads w/o dividers, is curvy with hills and bridges (that froze first with ice) and no safety features, only ditches and embankments. The high schools had one semester, manditory drivers' ed classes. SB County abolished those about 30 years ago. We need to bring them back. The number of tail-gating, erratic drivers I see daily rely on older drivers seeing them and in many instances, saving them from their mistakes and bad habits. Parents don't have the resources to teach kids with permits. Most of them didn't have training, can't pass it on and are a middle-aged battalion of ignorant drivers themselves.

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