Two people were seriously injured when a vehicle veered off of Highway 101 south of San Luis Obispo on Monday evening, crashing into a tree.
At about 6:50 p.m., 32-year-old Enrique Santana of Santa Maria was driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck north on Highway 101, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
The truck was in the No. 1 lane north of San Luis Bay Drive when Santana lost control of the truck, which went off the road and traveled down an embankment, the CHP said. The driver’s-side door of the vehicle collided with a tree, the CHP said.
The agency said they don’t yet know what caused Santana to lose control.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene. The passenger of the car, identified by the CHP as 24-year-old Barbara Trigueros of San Luis Obispo, was able to get out of the car quickly according to witness reports, but Santana had to be extricated.
Both Santana and Trigueros were critically injured in the crash, the CHP said.
San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and Cal Fire were both on scene. Northbound traffic on the highway was reduced to one lane while crews were responding to the crash.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, but driving under the influence is not suspected, the CHP said.