Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

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Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One
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Photos: Mike Eliason / SBCFD

By edhat staff

A 21-year-old male was injured after his vehicle crashed into a tree off Highway 101 near El Sueno Road Tuesday afternoon.

Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the northbound lanes around 12:40 p.m.

It took firefighters approximately 10 minutes to extricate the driver from the damaged vehicle. The driver was then transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via ground ambulance with moderate injuries.

California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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a-1566339722 Aug 20, 2019 03:22 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

I drove by this. I'm surprised it wasn't a fatality. The whole driver's side was smashed in.

Maybe it was a fire retardant.

Flicka Aug 20, 2019 03:28 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

Hope this young man fully recovers. That "jaws of life" the firemen use to get people out trapped in their car was/is made by a company called Hearst. When it was 1st used there wasn't one on every truck so if the firemen needed it they would call the station for the Hearst to be sent. However, sometimes a hearse showed up. Jaws of life became the name to eliminate the confusion.

a-1566356670 Aug 20, 2019 08:04 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

Is this the same accident reported near Turnpike on the 101 at around 4 p.m.? Only heard on the radio that traffic was backed up.

Nature Boy Aug 20, 2019 08:52 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

I have to share a story of an unsung hero here: I stopped at the Stop & Shop liquor store which is right at the El Sueño exit, right after the accident happened. I asked the young man who was working the counter, “Did you hear the crash?” It was then i noticed that he was covered with white paint, i thought he’d been painting a part of the store, and he said “Yes, i ran over there when the crash happened. None of the bystanders would open the car door, so i grabbed the door handle and pried it open. Did you know that when an airbag deploys, it releases a white paint to prevent a hit & run suspect from evading law enforcement?” and i told him that no, i didn’t know that, and i thanked him for leaving his store to help an accident victim. If anyone from the law enforcement or city community is listening, this young man (who was working at Stop & Shop on 8/19) should be given a medal, or at least a new track suit, as his was ruined by the airbag paint, although he didn’t seem concerned with it at all. Maybe we can all stop by Stop & Shop at the El Sueño exit and say thanks? Young 21-ish guy with Elvis-style hairdo. Give him some love!!!

Z Aug 21, 2019 08:17 AM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

Full of it Natureboy? There is no paint spray from a deploying airbag. Where did you get such an idea? Catching hit-and-run drivers is not an airbag function, police do that.
Modern cars don't lock up their wheels and generally respond poorly in a crashing car to driver taking foot off of brake pedal. Read your Owner's Manual or ask you dealer's Service Manager.

Nature Boy Aug 21, 2019 05:57 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

I retract my comment about the paint. It’s just what the guy who first responded to the accident told me. Didn’t seem logical to me either, so sorry for the mis-information, but he definitely had paint on him. Regardless, the source of the paint is not really relevant here.

Roger Aug 21, 2019 08:18 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

Releases white paint to keep a hit and run suspect from getting away? That is a new one I bet the police did not even know that Thanks for educating all of us dumb basses.

Nature Boy Aug 20, 2019 09:06 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

This hero first-responder liquor store kid (i WISH i got his name!) said that the driver applied his brakes too quickly and went into a skid he couldn’t get out of. Let me say, from experience, remember this, it could save your life: If your car ever goes into a skid with brakes locked up, TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE BRAKE!! It seems counter-intuitive, you want to push that brake pedal down to stop yourself, but take your foot off, then gain control of your car, trust me. Parents with kids who drive, remind them of this rule. You CAN NOT control a car with locked brakes, but you CAN control a car when you take your foot off the brake. Tell everyone you love, it could save their life like it did mine.

EMI Photo Aug 21, 2019 01:42 PM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

Not locking up the brakes is called threshold braking (at least that's what it was called when I went through my fire department driver's training) You do not take your foot off the brakes but rather apply less pressure if you start losing traction. It takes practice, I wish every new driver (and the old ones too) could experience a skid pad, cone course and threshold braking drills as they demonstrate the limits of your vehicle and your own abilities. Also, there is no white paint edited from airbags. They are (or at least were) packed in corn starch to help them deploy faster. This often results in what appears to be smoke and erroneously making bystanders think the car is on fire. Its important to remember NOT to move accident victims unless they are in imminent danger such as an actual fire or stuck on the train tracks with a train coming. Its great that people want to help but it's also important to not make things worse.

Concerned4Calif Aug 21, 2019 08:56 AM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

airbags are polyester fabric coated with silicone rubber. There is talcum powder inside to keep the bag from sticking to itself when folded into a small space like your steering wheel. Sometimes it is corn starch. That is the white stuff you see.

Flicka Aug 21, 2019 09:30 AM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

COASTWATCH, The whole point is the Hurst tool, when asked for, sounded like hearse so that is often what was sent, a hearse instead of the Hurst. Hence, the tool was renamed Jaws of Life to eliminate the confusion..

EastBeach Aug 21, 2019 10:27 AM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

I've been in a car when the airbags deployed. There was no white paint. But ... the airbag let out a fine white powder into the air. It's cornstarch or talcum released when the bag deflates. You can read about it here .......

a-1566411886 Aug 21, 2019 11:24 AM
Vehicle Collides with Tree Injuring One

From an article in Popular Science:
“Sometimes a puff of white powder comes out of the bag. That's cornstarch or talcum powder to keep the bag supple while it's in storage. (Just like a rubberband that dries out and cracks with age, airbags can do the same thing.) Most airbags today have silicone coatings, which makes this unnecessary.”

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