Emergency crews busy with Multi-car crash on Highway 154

CHP released additional details


The California Highway Patrol has released additional details into a crash on Highway 154 that hospitalized two people Wednesday morning.

A CHP traffic collision report says 36-year-old Averille Walton of Hawthorne, CA, allowed his Isuzu box truck to cross the solid double yellow lines from the westbound lane to the eastbound lane. This put Walton directly into the path of a Chevrolet Cruz driven by 67-year-old Daniel C. Basso of Kalama, Washington.

"The driver of the Chevrolet Cruz swerved to the left to avoid the box truck. The vehicles subsequently side swiped each other," reads the report.

The driver of the box truck was not injured, however, Basso and his 68-year-old passenger suffered moderate injuries and taken to Santa Ynez Cottage Hospital.



Santa Barbara County firefighters and the California Highway Patrol are on scene of a reported multi-vehicle crash on Highway 154 near the Lake Cachuma recreation area.

The collision, involving a box truck and at least two other cars, occurred just after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Two people, a man and woman said to be in their 50's, suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni. A Calstar helicopter was called out to assist but was then canceled.

One of the vehicles reportedly overturned in the eastbound lanes of state Route 154 while the box truck stopped on the westbound lanes. CHP reported that all freeway lanes were temporarily blocked as a result of the crash.

One lane in each direction is open to traffic at this time. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office out of the Solvang office is assisting with traffic control. Motorists should expect delays while crews work to clear the roadway from debris and tow the cars away.

No further details were immediately available. We will update this story when new information becomes available.

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