OXNARD, Calif. - California Highway Patrol officers responded to initial reports of a rollover crash at the northbound Rice Avenue/Highway 1 and Channel Islands Boulevard near Oxnard.
The call came in just before 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
Ventura County firefighters responded and, upon arriving at the scene, found the crash to be a two-vehicle collision where one car ended up in a ditch.
CHP said in a news release that the cars involved were a 2000 Lexus RX300 and a 2017 Nissan Rogue. The driver of the Lexus was reportedly driving northbound on Hwy 1 while the Nissan was stopped at a red stoplight also on the northbound Hwy 1 at Channel Islands Blvd.
CHP said that, for reasons still under investigation, the Lexus crashed straight into the rear end of the Nissan. The impact left the Nissan stopped in the center median while the Lexus ended up off the side of the road.
Both vehicles sustained major damage from the crash.
Firefighters said there were a total of three patients, some of which were trapped in the cars. Crews used extrication maneuvers to release the patients from their vehicles.
The 41-year-old Oxnard woman who was driving the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, a 14-year-old boy has serious injuries and was transported to Ventura County Medical Center.
The driver of the Lexus, described as a 33-year-old woman was also transported to the hospital for serious injuries. CHP officers have placed her under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
CHP is investigating the cause of the crash. Anyone with more information or who witnessed the collision is encouraged to contact the Ventura Area CHP office at (805) 662-2640.
Oxnard police responded to the scene to help redirect traffic for about three hours while emergency personnel tended to the crash.