One San Luis Obispo resident died and two suffered major injuries Sunday morning in a four-vehicle chain-reaction accident along Highway 166 east of Nipomo.
CHP would not release the victims’ names Sunday. CHP deferred questions to the Santa Barbara County coroner, who was unavailable Sunday night.
One of the drivers was a 62-year-old San Luis Obispo man. The other driver was a 48-year-old San Luis Obispo man with a 54-year-old San Luis Obispo woman passenger. They were ejected from their vehicles.
A 41-year-old Nipomo man was driving east on Highway 166 about 60 miles per hour when he missed a turn and drove off the road. The vehicle turned on its side, and he suffered moderate injuries.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old Bakersfield woman was traveling west on 166 behind two vehicles that slowed for the Nipomo man’s car.
When she realized she was going to rear-end the car in front of her, she drove onto the shoulder to pass them.
A truck was parked on the shoulder, and the Bakersfield woman drove left to avoid it. She lost control of her car and crossed into oncoming traffic, where two vehicles struck the right side of her car.
One of the three people in those two cars died after the wreck and two suffered major injuries. The Bakersfield woman was not injured.
It was unknown Sunday night which hospital they were taken to.