Friday, May 26 , 2017, 8:47 am | Overcast 60º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Three Avoid Serious Injury as Cars Plunge Into Creek

Three people escaped serious injury Tuesday night when two vehicles collided, skidded off the roadway and plunged into a creek near Gaviota, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m., when Wesley Tiffany, 39, of Santa Ynez was northbound in a 2010 Ford F-150 on Highway 101 near the Highway 1 turnoff, the CHP said.

Tiffany was in the right-hand lane, traveling at an “unsafe speed” on the wet roadway, the CHP said, when he spun out into the left lane and struck a 2011 Buick LaCrosse driven by Alfred Salazar, 53, of Santa Maria.

“Both vehicles left the west side of the roadway and fell approximately 60 feet into the creek below,” the CHP said.

Tiffany and Salazar were not injured in the crash, the CHP said.

Joe Roche, 58, of Santa Maria, a passenger in Salazar’s car, complained of pain to his chest, and was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.

All were wearing seat belts.

The left lane of the highway was closed for more than two hours while crews recovered the vehicles from the creek, the CHP said.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton 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.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >