Two die in another fatal crash on Highway 46

April 3, 2017

Two people died in a crash on Highway 46 in Paso Robles Sunday morning. The collision was the second fatal crash on Highway 46 East in a span of less that 48 hours.

Around 8:30 a.m., a Ford Expedition reportedly ran a red light while heading westbound at the intersection of Highway 46 and Buena Vista Drive and clipped the back of a Honda compact car that was turning left. The Expedition then rolled on the highway ejecting a female passenger.

Responders pronounced both the female passenger and the driver of the SUV dead at the scene. Both of the victims are believed to be from Coalinga.

Two other passengers in the SUV, as well as the driver of the Honda, suffered moderate injuries and were transported to a hospital.

Additionally, two dogs were inside the SUV at the time of the crash. One was taken to a local vet for treatment, while the other is said to be missing. The missing dog is a chocolate colored Chihuahua Dachshund mix named Elvis.

On Friday, a 69-year-old man died in a five-vehicle crash on Highway 46 near the Shandon rest area. Around 2:15 p.m., a semi-truck drove into oncoming traffic, clipping a pickup and slamming head-on into a GMC Sierra. The collision killed the driver of the GMC.

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If you’ll notice, it’s people driving improperly that causes it. I drive it 3 times a week and it’s been under construction for years so they ARE doing something to reduce congestion and the fact that the high speed rail will actually reduce traffic even though it’s a different route it does offer an alternative. I know one of the companies that got a contract with the high speed rail and they hired 200 employees. The BILLIONS spent go into our economy, it’s not being buried in someone’s yard and taken out of circulation.

I agree that it is improper driving (especially impatient and distracted driving) that causes most of these accidents. However, I fail to see how a high-speed rail running parallel to Hwy 99 in the valley will moderate east-west traffic to the coast.

Yes, some of the billions for high-speed rail will go to construction workers. Much more of it will go to the land-owners whose property will be taken for the corridor and to the investors who fund the project. Even with all that, what we will be getting is a transportation alternative that will be extremely expensive to operate meaning that the fares will be out of reach of all but the very rich to use for most purposes — or heavy on-going subsidies from the state (i.e. our tax dollars).

Since this was a voter approved project, we are probably stuck with it for now. I wish that they had taken that money and used it for regular transportation improvements or something else with a better return on the dollar.

The state can spend an estimated 64 billion dollars *(probably much more by the time it’s completed on a high speed train, but can’t see fit to spend enough money to insure that Blood Alley is no longer a death trap.

Another perfect example of California’s misguided priorities.

The state is working to improve “blood alley” and is not far from done with the SLO County section of it. Given the traffic volume, there will always be some accidents there so expecting perfection is not realistic. The money being thrown at the high-speed rail project is a different matter although some of it might have gone to speeding up the Hwy 46 improvements.

Pedestrians are eligible too on this Freeway/Expressway/State Highway/Country Road. Where you were standing determines what it is called. Either way, the cities want the development so what’s a few lives? Should this even be news? The needed costly improvements are not what Caltrans wants to hear, so just drive you bicycle down the Cuesta Grade and you’ll better understand their budgeted tolerance.