Three people, including a 19-year-old Santa Maria man, died in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon on Highway 166 east of Bell Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Occurring at 4:15 p.m., the crash, which involved a 2002 Ford Explorer and 2011 Ford Escape, took place roughly 1 mile west of New Cuyama just east of Bell Drive.
The Escape, driven by a 19-year-old from Santa Maria, was traveling westbound on Highway 166 when he veered to the left and crossed over the double-yellow lines into the path of the eastbound-traveling Explorer, driven by a 54-year-old female from Bakersfield. Also in that vehicle was a 61-year-old male passenger from Citrus Heights.
All three suffered major blunt-force trauma and were declared dead at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol. It is unknown if alcohol or drug use were a factor in the crash.
The identity of all three victims is currently withheld, pending notification of their next of kin.