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Another Fatal Crash Reported on Highway 1 South of Lompoc

One person dead in collision near Jalama Road; highway expected to be closed for 4 hours

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One person was killed Monday afternoon in a collision on Highway 1 south of Lompoc. It was the third fatal accident on the road in the past eight days. (Dave Alley / KCOY News photo)

For the third time in eight days, emergency crews responded Monday to a fatal collision on Highway 1 south of Lompoc.

At 2:20 p.m., Santa Barbara County and Lompoc firefighters were dispatched to the scene on Highway 1, near Jalama Road and more than 10 miles from Highway 101.

The head-on crash reportedly involved a Honda Accord and Chevy Silverado pickup used by a landscaping business, county fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said. 

The Lompoc woman driving the Honda Accord apparently lost control of the vehicle, which struck the southbound truck before ending up off the road,  Zaniboni added.

The Honda ended up appproxmatley 15 feet off the roadway, Zaniboni said. Crews worked to stabilize the vehicle while they worked at the scene.

The woman, identified Tuesday as Linda L. Bailey, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck, Jose M. Tafoya, 46, of Oxnard, escaped injury, as did his passenger, Jose J.M. Caudillo, 32, of Santa Barbara, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Crews at the scene initially investigated whether a third vehicle, a motorcyle, also might have been involved in the incident.

A CalStar medical helicopter responded to the scene but was turned away due to the fatality, and no other patients being found, according to emergency radio traffic.

The roadway was closed in both directions due to debris in the lanes and the need to remove the vehicles, Zaniboni said.

Highway 1 was expected to remain shut down for four hours, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

Last week, two fatal crashes on different areas of that segment of Highway 1 left a Lompoc woman and an Oxnard man dead.

On the afternoon of Sept. 17, Elaine Ventura, 66, of Lompoc and her dog died after her vehicle crossed the double-yellow lines and hit the vehicle driven by a Santa Barbara man.

Juan Romero Jr., 47, of Santa Barbara was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of major injuries after the crash.

On Friday night, a 2017 Honda Civic driven by Bryan Charette, 35, of Lompoc was northbound on Highway 1 when it slammed into a southbound 1997 Nissan pickup driven by Alfredo Martinez, 73, of Oxnard.

Charette, who reportedly was driving while intoxicated, was traveling at high speed and making unsafe passing movements when his vehicle slammed into the vehicle driven by Martinez, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from the California Highway Patrol's Buellton Area Office will investigate Monday's collision. 

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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