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Three Die In Head-On Collision In Santa Barbara County

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Crash kills three Sunday afternoon near New Cuyama

Authorities are trying to figure out why an SUV drifted onto the wrong side of a Santa Barbara County highway, leading to a head-on crash which left three people dead.

The Sunday afternoon collision involved two SUV’s just outside of New Cuyama. CHP investigators say a SUV being driven westbound on Highway 166 crossed into the eastbound lane, causing the crash.

The driver of the westbound vehicle was a 19 year old Santa Maria man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A Kern County woman, and a Northern California man in the other vehicle were also killed in the crash. The names of the three people haven’t been released yet.