Two people were injured Monday in a rollover crash blamed on a woman allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol on Highway 1 near Orcutt,
Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly after 11 a.m. to Highway 1 at Solomon Road, where a vehicle traveling at high speed slammed into a power pole, said Capt. Daniel Bertucelli from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
The impact of the crash split the vehicle — a Toyota Camry — in two, Bertucelli said.
It also sheared off the utility pole and caused live power lines to drop to the ground, he added.
There was a gasoline leak, estimated at 10-15 gallons, from the vehicle, which was contained by firefighters.
One person suffered moderate injuries in the crash, and a second sustained minor injuries, Bertucelli added.
Both people were taken by AMR ambulance to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.
California Highway Patrol officers identifed them as the driver, Raquel Jimenez-Zurita, 22, and passenger, Janet Jimenez, 20, both of Santa Maria.
Jimenez-Zurita was arrested for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol and was expected to be booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, CHP Officer Benjamin Smith said Monday afternoon.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews were called out to deal with the downed power lines.
Highway 1 was shut down for a time in the area of the crash, which was under investigation by CHP officers.
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