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Santa Barbara County

Driver ejected after vehicle crashes, rolls over on Hwy 101 near Nojoqui Grade

A woman suffered major injuries Tuesday after her vehicle rolled over and she was ejected onto the southbound lanes of Highway 101 near the Nojoqui Grade.

Just before 12:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol, along with AMR and Santa Barbara County Fire, responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash that occurred south of the downhill section of the Nojoqui Grade, just north of the Gaviota Tunnel, Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Dave Zaniboni said.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle — a Chevrolet TrailBlazer — overturned.

“She was ejected from the vehicle and found alongside the vehicle on the southbound lanes,” Zaniboni said.

The victim, who reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, was transported by AMR to the Highway 1 and Highway 101 interchange. From there, a CALSTAR helicopter took her to Cottage Hospital.

Zaniboni said the cause of the crash is unknown, and the CHP is the lead investigating agency. 

Santa Maria

Truck crashes into pole on West Main Street

West Main Street, between Bonita School and Simas roads, was reopened to traffic in both directions after being stopped due to a traffic collision early Tuesday afternoon.

Just after 2 p.m., a white Chevy SUV crashed into a telephone pole on Main Street, shearing it off at the base and leaving it leaning into the roadway, according to emergency dispatch reports. 

The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.


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Two dogs rescued from house fire

Two dogs were rescued Monday afternoon from a burning home in northeast Lompoc.

Fire and ambulance crews responded to the structure blaze around 3:45 p.m. at 1105 N. Jasmine St. No people were in the home at the time of the fire, which was extinguished in about 10 minutes, but Lompoc Fire reported that two dogs were removed.

The only injury reported was suffered by a firefighter who was bitten on the hand by one of the dogs.

Upon investigation, according to Lompoc Fire, it was determined that the fire started in the kitchen with the stovetop as the heat source. Two adults and two children were displaced due to the fire damage in the kitchen.

Responding units included Lompoc Engine 1 and 2, Lompoc Rescue 1 and Battalion 301, Santa Barbara County Engine 51, Rescue Ambulance 51 and Vandenberg Air Force Base Engine 2.

-- Staff Reports