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Santa Barbara County Fire responds to a crash involving a missing person’s vehicle 100 feet over side of Harris Grade

LOMPOC, Calif. – Santa Barbara County Fire was responding to a car accident Tuesday morning that left a missing person's vehicle 100 feet over the side of Harris Grade, according to the fire department.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department was called to the 4100 block of Harris Grade at 10:09 a.m. for reports of a vehicle over the side of the road, according to the department.

At 10:14 a.m., the California Highway Patrol incident page stated that a "missing persons vehicle" was located 200 feet off the side of Harris Grade, but later clarified that it was actually 100 feet.

County Fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said that the victim of the accident was reported missing Monday night.

The driver, a 41-year-old woman from Lompoc, was driving southbound on Harris Grade at an unknown speed, and for unknown reason, veered off the roadway, according to CHP Officer Keith Rogers.

The patient was extracted by a rope system that crews set up, and was determined to have sustained critical injuries, Bertucelli said.

She was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, according to Rogers.

The accident caused closures on both sides of the road, according to the CHP.

Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the collision, and the cause of the accident remained under investigation, Rogers said.

Anyone with information about the accident is encouraged to call CHP Officer Zirate at 805-688-5551.

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