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Two Collisions On Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County Leave Four Dead

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Highway 101 west of Santa Barbara was the scene of a pair of unrelated fatal collisions Wednesday morning.

Both crashes occur during early morning hours Wednesday west of Santa Barbara.

Two unrelated traffic accidents on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County left four people dead, and made a mess out of traffic for hours.

The first accident happened at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. A car headed northbound on Highway 101, about 15 miles west of Santa Barbara, collided with another northbound vehicle. The first driver was fatally injured. The other vehicle fled the scene, and is still being sought.

The second collision also occurred just after 2 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 101. It was about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara. CHP officers say a northbound car crossed the center divider and hit a southbound SUV.

The driver of the car, and the driver and passenger in the SUV died at the scene. The names of the victims in both collisions haven’t been released yet.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.