VANDENBERG, Calif. – A multi-vehicle car accident Friday morning blocked all lanes of Highway 1 in both directions near Vandenberg Village, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported just before 9:30 a.m. along northbound Highway 1 near Santa Lucia Canyon Road, according to the CHP.
There were eight passengers among two cars involved in the crash. One minor was ejected from a vehicle and was airlifted to a local hospital, multiple minors suffered critical injuries, four people suffered moderate-to-critical injuries, and one reported minor injuries, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Scott Safechuck.
"Children of the appropriate age and weight need to be secured in a car seat that is also properly installed," Safechuck urged, adding that he recommends using a certified installer to install car seats.
Properly-installed car seats can help protect children from serious injuries in accidents.
CalTrans and the Fire Department originally reported that it was a four-vehicle collision, but later corrected the information to two cars.
The accident resulted in a hard closure of both directions of the highway by 9:35 p.m., according to the CHP. The lanes reopened by 11:30 a.m.
Santa Barbara County File, Vandenberg Space Force Base, a County Air Support Unit copter, and ambulances responded to the scene.
4 Car Vehicle Accident: HWY 1 & Santa Lucia Cyn/Hard Closure. Reported 8Pt.’s, (3 Red/juveniles, 4 Yellow, 1 Green). 1 Pt reported ejected. SBC, Van. Space Force, ASU Copt 3 FF/PM, ambulances arriving. More to come CT 9:23am— Scott Safechuck (@SBCFireInfo) September 16, 2022