Driver involved in Hwy. 58 crash arrested on suspicion of DUI

clambert@thetribunenews.comJanuary 4, 2013 

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: The man who suffered major injuries in a crash this morning on Highway 58 was flown by CHP helicopter to a local hospital and later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

CHP officials released a few other details this afternoon about the collision, which happened about 9:30 a.m. on Highway 58 about 32 miles east of Highway 101.

At that time, the man was driving west on the highway in a Toyota Prius, while a trailer hauling dirt was headed in the opposite direction.

For some reason, during a curve in the road, the driver of the Prius entered the eastbound lane and collided with the trailer, causing it to overturn, CHP Officer Bill Long said.

The driver was trapped, extricated and flown to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment. He was also arrested on suspicion of DUI, Long said. Authorities have not yet released his name.

The man did have a female passenger in the Prius. She complained of pain and was taken by ground ambulance to a local hospital.

The driver of the trailer was not injured.

Cleanup efforts are still under way, but the highway is open and traffic is flowing smoothly, Long said.

UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: One person was removed from a vehicle about 10:30 a.m. after a crash on Highway 58 involving a semi-truck, according to CHP.

The person was airlifted to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, but further details about the individual’s condition were not immediately known. It appeared only one person was in the vehicle, according to CHP.

The CHP website originally listed the crash site as Highway 58 and Shell Creek Road, but now states that it happened about 13 miles east, closer to where Navajo Creek flows under the highway. That location is about 32 miles east of Highway 101.

UPDATE 10:17 a.m.: A portion of Highway 58 is blocked with equipment as emergency personnel respond to a vehicle versus semi-truck crash, according to CHP.

The highway at Shell Creek Road may be reopened in about 20 minutes, according to the agency’s traffic incident information website,

It appears that an emergency medical helicopter is also responding.

ORIGINAL STORY:Medics are responding to a traffic collision involving a semi-truck and a vehicle northeast of Santa Margarita on Highway 58, according to the CHP traffic incident website.

The crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. at Highway 58 and Shell Creek Road, about 14 miles from Creston. According to the CHP website, one person is reportedly trapped.

The semi apparently dumped its load of dirt, but it is not a traffic hazard.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.

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