Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

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Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154
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Photos: R.Holguin Navarro/CHP
Update by edhat staff
7:00 a.m., March 20, 2019

According to reports, a motorist witnessed a vehicle going off the road in their rearview mirror and called 911 to report the incident. Upon arriving at the scene, the vehicle was found to be empty with no occupants.

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue states a thorough search of the immediate area was conducted with thermal imaging equipment and night vision, suspecting the driver fled the scene.

The car will be removed in the daylight hours and investigation of the incident will be conducted by the California Highway Patrol.

Traffic was backed up for over an hour Tuesday evening as CHP alternated traffic from both east and westbound directions. 

Update by edhat staff
10:15 p.m., March 19, 2019

Santa Barbara County emergency personnel are on Highway 154 investigating a vehicle that went off the roadway Tuesday.

At 9:25 p.m., the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Search & Rescue, and California Highway Patrol responded just north of San Antonio Creek Road in the Windy Gap area for a report of a vehicle over the roadway. 

Crews located where the vehicle is and are currently cutting through the brush to gain access to the vehicle.

Updates will be reported here as soon as they are available.

By an edhat reader
9:38 p.m., March 19, 2019

Does anybody know what all the sirens were about? I am by 101/154. Sounded like they were up and down the 101 though.

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a-1553058513 Mar 19, 2019 10:08 PM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

CHP website states a vehicle went over the side of 154 and San Antonio Creek Road. Looks like someone called in a vehicle off the roadway without headlights or people seen nearby. CHP and Sheriff investigating.

a-1553059057 Mar 19, 2019 10:17 PM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

So not what I wanted to hear but exactly what I fear every time I hear them. The roads are wet and slippery again. Go slow. Should of kept it closed long enough to train cars to take the 101 instead. Prayers! Sounded awful

Bug Girl Mar 20, 2019 07:30 AM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

Completely disagree. I've been commuting daily the last 5 years and took 154 for one of them before switching to the 101. Way too many close calls on the 154, 101 feels much safer to me. On the 101 you can avoid tailgaters and road ragers by merely going over to the slow lane. You don't have that option on 154, which makes aggressive drivers more likely to make dangerous passing decisions. I've also never (almost) hit deer on 101, and had several close calls on 154.

a-1553105137 Mar 20, 2019 11:05 AM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

Clearly she was just voicing her opinion on the matter. Opinions are not facts and should never be mistaken for facts. After 20 years of commuting over that road she knows it like the back of her hand... good for her. But she's obviously not speaking for the dozens of newbies using that road every day or even regulars familiar with the stupid antics of other drivers.

Potif Mar 20, 2019 03:58 PM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

With all of my experiences on 154, I’d guess she was just real lucky when she has driven 154... and ‘unlucky’ when driving the 101!!!

x01660 Mar 20, 2019 08:47 AM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

In car culture, there's a saying: "If you wanna go faster (around the track/down the strip/through the slalom/etc), you need to work on the 'driver mod' ". And its true. The issue isn't the road. The issue is the people who cannot drive worth a damn. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people either go WAY too fast and screech in the corners, or you come around a bend and someone is going 20 mph down the Pass, or they're on their phone/eating/putting makeup on/taking pictures.... Again, its not the road, its the drivers. We need tiered licensing, like what they do in Europe. And I'm looking specifically at Germany. They know how to drive. And they do it a lot faster than we do, and in the rain. Personal accountability, y'all. Ok, I'm done. :)

letmego Mar 20, 2019 09:54 AM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

Eh, the pass is tough. I hate driving it, but have to sometimes because I have friends who live at the top. First, I don't know the road. If I am coming down the pass, I'm gonna drive slow, because I don't know the road. Second, it looks from the pictures that it was dark and wet. That's an issue (and I'm DOUBLY gonna slow down). Third, while I'm happy to pull over if I'm going slower than most - there aren't really that many places to do so, if you are coming down the pass.

x01660 Mar 20, 2019 02:10 PM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

Here's the deal with that; Caltrans puts a speed limit (in white) and the recommended speeds around the curves (in yellow with directional arrows/squiggles). Meaning that you should be able to go the speed limit, while slowing to speed in the turns, without issue. And realistically, you can go A LOT faster, but the indicated speeds are doable for ALL vehicles. So if you are unable to drive at those speeds, it means the the problem is the with driver, not the road. Hence my comment about the "driver mod". Part of learning to drive is being able to drive at a reasonable speed, while still reacting to road conditions. I get it if its raining and wet. You slow down. But on a sunny day, when you're doing 30 going down the pass because "you're unfamiliar with it", that means that you REALLY shouldn't be driving that road, and maybe spend the extra fuel (time is about the same unless the live right over the crest) and go around and save everyone the hassle and stress, including yourself. This isn't a personal attack, btw. Just a response to an argument you made. :)

Factotum Mar 20, 2019 10:18 AM
Vehicle Crashes Over Roadway on Highway 154

Tired of all these Hwy 154 "accidents". It is a known dangerous highway. Anyone still speeding and driving crazy deserves to be left where we find them. Pick up their victims; but let them rest in peace and or pieces; just like they wanted it.

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