Multiple Car Accident Attorney NEWS: 4 injured in multi-vehicle accident in Santa Barbara
A multi-vehicle accident on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara injured four people and closed the northbound lanes for around two hours early this morning.
A series of accidents involving five vehicles closed the northbound lanes of Highway 101 just south of El Sueno Road around 4:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The freeway was closed for about two hours while emergency personnel worked to free one motorist trapped in one of the vehicles.
The series of accidents began around 4:30 a.m., when an unlicensed drunk driver lost control of his car and hit the guard rail on the right shoulder of the road. The vehicle came to a stop blocking the right and center lanes of the freeway.
CHP Officer James Richards said the driver and the passenger got out of the car and stood by the roadway as another vehicle plowed into their car.
Another accident occurred when the driver of a third vehicle, a sport utility vehicle, saw the accident and was attempting to drive around the wreckage in the left lane when it was rear-ended by another vehicle.
A fourth car hit the two cars involved in the first accident.
The driver of the fourth car was seriously injured and trapped inside the car. Firefighters from both county fire and Santa Barbara city fire had to extricate the man from his vehicle.
Ambulances took four people to Cottage Hospital, three of them with moderate injuries and one in serious condition. The driver of the car that initiated the series of accidents was treated and then taken to county jail.
The CHP will close down northbound lanes of Highway 101 at 10 p.m. to collect evidence of the accident. Traffic will be diverted from the freeway at the Highway 154 interchange. Richards said motorist can either follow Highway 154 north through the Santa Ynez Valley or return to Highway 101 at the El Sueno Road on-ramp.
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