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A head-on collision involving an oil tanker truck and a sedan Thursday afternoon on Highway 166 near New Cuyama resulted in one person being airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

At about 12:44 p.m. Santa Barbara County Fire officials, along with the California Highway Patrol, the County Sheriff's Office, and a helicopter from the air support unit from Santa Ynez, responded to Highway 166 approximately six miles west of New Cuyama.

Upon arrival, units found a two-vehicle crash, involving a fully loaded oil tanker carrying 8,500 gallons of crude oil and a passenger vehicle. Officials said that the tanker had collided nearly head-on with the sedan, resulting in extensive damage to both vehicles. 

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The driver of the passenger vehicle, a 24-year-old female, who had to be extricated from the vehicle, reportedly complained of moderate to severe injuries and was flown by a CALSTAR helicopter to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The driver of the tanker was not injured, officials said. 

Officials shut down the roadway for about an hour before opening it back up just before 2 p.m.

The oil tank itself had no damage and there was no leakage, but the semitrailer remained on scene for a few hours until another tanker arrived to offload the of crude, officials said.

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Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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