Two children killed in rural SLO County crash
September 6, 2016
A car crash Monday on Highway 166 in rural San Luis Obispo County left two children dead and five other people in the hospital. Authorities have arrested a suspect who allegedly caused the crash.
Shortly before 5 p.m., a 36-year-old Bakersfield man was headed westbound on Highway 166 about 35 miles east of Santa Maria when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed head on into a vehicle headed eastbound. Highway 166 weaves in and out of San Luis Obispo County. The collision occurred near the Santa Barbara County line, but within SLO County.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene and found two people who had been ejected from vehicles. Another six people had to be extricated from cars.
Responders pronounced two children dead at the scene. A helicopter airlifted a mother and her two children to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
An ambulance drove two other injured people to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. The sixth person who suffered non-fatal injuries was not taken to the hospital.
Officers arrested the 36-year-old Bakersfield man for felony drunk driving.
Authorities have yet to disclose the identities of the victims. The collision remains under investigation.