Wreckage from from a DUI crash on Highway 154 in 2019 that sent several people to the hospital.
Former Santa Barbara County sheriff’s Lt. Javier Jonathan Antunez of Goleta faces six years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a DUI crash on Highway 154 in 2019 that sent several people to the hospital. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Seven people were injured in a three-vehicle collision that shut down Highway 154 for a time on Saturday night.

According to Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason, county firefighters, California Highway Patrol officers and American Medical Response ambulances were dispatched about 7:15 p.m. to the crash scene on Highway 154, east of Lake Cachuma.

Eliason said the male driver of an eastbound BMW, with one passenger, reportedly crossed over the center line and slammed head-on into a westbound Toyota Tacoma, with four occupants.

A third vehicle, a Jeep driven by a woman, then struck both vehicles.

A CalStar medical helicopter landed on Highway 154 to transport one woman with major injuries to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Eliason said.

Three other victims were taken by AMR ambulances to Cottage Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, he added. Three others with minor injuries were treated at the scene.

Highway 154 was closed while authorities investigated the crash and crews removed the wreckage.

CHP officers from the Buellton area office were investigating the cause of the crash.

Saturday night’s crash occurred about a half-mile from the scene of a Friday head-on collision that injured three people.

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