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Two People In Hospital Following Accident Which Snarled Morning Commute On 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 3:51pm

A crash on the southbound 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara which left one vehicle on top of another sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries, and snarled traffic for hours this morning

The CHP says at around 6:45 a.m., a southbound pickup truck veered into the lane of a southbound car near La Cumbre Road.  Investigators say the car tried to avoid the pickup, but the two hit, smashed into a guard rail, and the pickup ended up on top of the Toyota Corolla.  Other drivers who witnessed the crash were able to pull the female driver from the car, but it took firefighters about a half-hour to free the man driving the pickup.

While both drivers suffered serious injuries, they aren’t considered to be life threatening.

The accident closed the freeway’s slow lane, and the southbound La Cumbre onramp for about three hours.  Commuters trying to find alternate routes were caught in massive traffic jams, as nearby surface streets were overwhelmed.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, but the CHP says the freeway may have been slick due to light rainfall at the time.

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