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Three Die In Head-On Collision In Santa Barbara County

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)
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.