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4-Vehicle Santa Maria Crash Blamed on Unsafe Lane Change

Authorities briefly close down South Broadway after a collision that sends one person to the hospital

Four vehicles were involved in a crash Friday afternoon on South Broadway between Battles Road and Enos Drive in Santa Maria.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash Friday afternoon on South Broadway between Battles Road and Enos Drive in Santa Maria. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

An unsafe lane change is being blamed for causing a four-vehicle accident that sent at least one person to the hospital Friday afternoon in Santa Maria.

A southbound vehicle on Broadway between Enos Drive and Battles Road attempted to change a lane shortly after 1:30 p.m., hitting another car, said Sgt. Russ Mengel of the Santa Maria Police Department.

The impact caused a car to spin across the center divider and into the northbound lanes, where it struck two other vehicles, Mengel said.

Santa Maria Fire Department and American Medical Response crews also responded to the scene. 

After the crash, three of the vehicles, a sedan and two pickups, sat with various levels of damage while awaiting the arrival of tow trucks. The fourth vehicle had minor damage and was driven away, Mengel said.

One person was sent to the hospital Friday afternoon after a four-vehicle accident on South Broadway in Santa Maria. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

Police said the northbound lanes of Broadway between Battles Road remained closed for more than an hour.

Vehicles travel at approximately 35 or 40 mph on that stretch of roadway. 

“It’s just a minor decision that can have substantial consequences,” Mengel said. 

Earlier, police had a report of a wrong-way driver near Betteravia Road, but that vehicle wasn’t involved in the collision, according to Mengel.

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