Five semis collide, one dead on Highway 166

September 13, 2016


Five tractor trailer trucks collided on Highway 166 Tuesday morning, leaving one person dead, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The crash also left a big rig tipped over on the highway and caused fuel to spill.

Around 7:30 a.m., the tractor trailers collided on Highway 166 at Aliso Canyon Road near New Cuyama in Santa Barbara County.

KSBY reports a person driving a crude oil tanker crashed into the rear of another tanker. The impact reportedly killed the driver who caused the collision and severely damaged the cab of his truck.

The accident was the second fatal collision this month on Highway 166. Last week, a Bakersfield man allegedly killed two children in a drunk driving accident on Highway 166. That crash occurred on a section of the highway that is in San Luis Obispo County.


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How in the world did FIVE big trucks get involved in a single accident on that lonely stretch of highway? Besides the dead driver who apparently caused the crash, there had to be at least one other who was following too closely.

Nascar for Semi’s and rookie drivers.

Something to think about: If you can’t use the rail to expand service then trucking will be the answer. Third party certification of the rail system has got to be safer than trucking on dangerous highways.

Actually, almost all trucking traffic will be automated within 8 years or so. Problem solved.

That’s a relief, because we all know nothing ever goes wrong with machines….

If I was as confident in the third party certification as you are, I would agree. I am not.

I happen to work in an environment where 3rd party certification is a regulatory requirement. Yes the cost goes up because new cottage industries are created, fees and fines are levied where required and there is allot of documentation (no documentation then it did not happen) but the job does get done. Currently who certifies the rail systems? The companies budget? I know of a rail system that transports dangerous stuff and it definitely gets 3rd party certification.

I don’t actually know that third party certification is untrustworthy in this case but I have seen too much collusion both between big companies (Accounting giant Arthur Anderson’s role in the economic collapse) and between government regulators and the companies they regulate (Public Utilities Commission or NRC and PG&E). I would need more than verbal assurances before I trust any agency to be an impartial advocate for the welfare of citizens in making decisions.