The California Highway Patrol has released the identity of a woman who was killed in a head-on crash on Highway 1 south of Lompoc Monday.
According to CHP, 72-year-old Linda Bailey of Lompoc was killed after her northbound Honda sedan drifted into the oncoming lane of State Route 1 and collided head-on with a Chevy truck traveling southbound just before 2:30 p.m. Monday.
The passengers in the Chevy truck were not hurt. It is unclear why Bailey drifted into the oncoming lane.
The accident remains under investigation at this time.
Emergency responders are on scene of a deadly crash involving a Honda Accord and a white pickup truck on Highway 1 near Jalama Road, south of Lompoc.
Highway 1 was closed in both directions from U.S. Highway 101 north of Gaviota to Highway 246 in Lompoc.
The highway re-opened to drivers just before 6:30 p.m. Monday.
The incident was reported just before 2:30 p.m. about five miles south of Jalama Road.
Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says a woman in her 50’s was driving a Honda Accord northbound towards Lompoc when she lost control of the car and collided with a landscape truck traveling south on Highway 1.
The force of the crash led to the Honda going off the roadway and down about 15 feet over the side. Emergency responders pronounced the woman driver dead at the scene.
CHP is not releasing the name of the driver until relatives are notified.
The male driver of the pickup truck was not injured. A male passenger in the truck was also able to walk away without serious injury.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
This is the third reported fatal collision on this stretch of highway in the last two weeks.