SANTA BARBARA, CA – A multi-car crash on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara early Tuesday morning resulted in 6 people being injured, 1 seriously, according to authorities.
The accident occurred just south of the Carrillo Street off-ramp shortly after midnight. At least 3 vehicles were involved in the collision that took place in the southbound lanes under unclear circumstances.
First responders from the Santa Barbara Fire Department arrived to extract occupants trapped in 2 of the crashed vehicles. In total, 6 patients were transported to the hospital, including 1 with serious wounds.
A section of guardrail ended up on the off-ramp after being sheared during the multi-vehicle impact. Traffic was reduced to 1 lane as emergency crews tended to the injured at the scene.
The cause of the middle-of-the-night Highway 101 pile-up remains under investigation. Drivers are cautioned to avoid distractions, tailgating, and speeding, and to adjust driving habits to match road conditions.
Details are limited as authorities continue looking into the multi-car accident that hospitalized 6 people early Tuesday south of Santa Barbara.
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