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Highway 101 back open near Gaviota following major injury crash, two firefighters struck by car while responding

GAVIOTA, Calif. – First responders transported eight patients to Marian Medical, including two firefighters, following a major injury crash on Highway 101 according to Santa Barbara County Fire.

County fire spokesperson Scott Safechuck said the two firefighters are awake and talking at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital as of 8:18 a.m.

Safechuck said the two firefighters were struck by a vehicle while responding to a minivan involved in a minor injury collision, resulting in major injuries to the firefighters.

In total, eight patients were transported to Marian Medical for minor to major injuries.

This accident closed the highway in both directions near Gaviota Wednesday around 5:00 a.m. until roughly noon.

Both the northbound side and southbound lanes at the base of the Nojoqui Grade, were back open after 12:00 p.m.

The alternate route along Highway 154 was jammed because of the accident and detour.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as updates come into the newsroom.

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