Rollover on Hwy. 101 throws 2 men from vehicle; alcohol suspected

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a rollover crash that seriously injured two men Tuesday night when they were ejected from their vehicle on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo.

The crash happened at about 10:45 p.m. An 18-year-old man from Coalinga was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer south on Highway 101 south of Higuera Street at “a high rate of speed,” according to the California Highway Patrol. In the car was another 18-year-old man from Coalinga as well as two girls, ages 15 and 14, from Avenal.

The driver, for unknown reasons, lost control of the vehicle, which then entered the gravel median before veering sharply back across both lanes, the CHP said. The vehicle then went up the steep embankment west of the highway before it returned to the highway and rolled over, according to the CHP.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and landed in the center median. The 18-year-old passenger, who was also not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the rear passenger seat into the rear cargo area, the CHP said. Both the driver and the 18-year-old passenger received major injuries.

The two juveniles were wearing seat belts and received minor injuries, the CHP said.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF