One person has died in a
car accident on southbound Highway 101 just north of Refugio Road in Santa Barbara
County, east of Gaviota.
According to the Santa Barbara California Highway Patrol the accident happened
around 8:50 a.m.
A mother and daughter were heading northbound on Highway 101 in the left
lane, traveling from Santa Ana, when the vehicle veered off the roadway.
The mother overcorrected as she struggled to straighten the car back out,
and the vehicle overturned across the median into the southbound lanes.
The mother was partially ejected from the vehicle, having tucked the shoulder
strap of her seat belt under her left arm. She was pronounced dead at
Her 12-year-old daughter was wearing her seatbelt correctly and suffered
a minor injury to her hand. She was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The CHP, Santa Barbara Sheriff's deputies, Caltrans and Santa Barbara
County Fire crews assisted at the scene.
Traffic on southbound Highway 101 was stopped for about half an hour while
crews investigated the scene and cleared the roadway.
The name of the victim will not be released until next of kin has been notified.
Source: KSBY.com 06/23/09
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