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Driver flown to hospital after head-on crash with big-rig on Highway 166

A big-rig and a sedan were involved in a head-on collision on Highway 166 on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
A big-rig and a sedan were involved in a head-on collision on Highway 166 on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

A woman was airlifted to a Santa Barbara hospital Thursday afternoon after a head-on collision involving a big-rig and a sedan on Highway 166, a few miles west of New Cuyama.

About 12:45 p.m., crews were dispatched to the scene of the crash 50 miles east of Highway 101. Both lanes of Highway 166 were closed for a time but reopened about 1:45 p.m., according to emergency dispatch reports.

The female driver of the sedan had to be extracted from the vehicle. The big-rig driver was not injured, emergency dispatch reports said.

Personnel from Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol and a helicopter responded to the scene.

The big-rig reportedly had a full tanker of oil, but none spilled, authorities said.

The victim flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Details on her injuries and condition were not immediately available.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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