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One killed, 3 injured in head-on collision on Hwy. 46 near Cholame ‘Y’ intersection

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Update to this story »» Woman killed in crash on Highway 46 near Cholame ‘Y’ intersection identified

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One person is dead after an early morning head-on collision Saturday on Highway 46 just west of the deadly Cholame “Y” intersection outside of Paso Robles.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., the driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer sedan was preparing to turn left out of the parking area at the Jack Ranch Cafe to head eastbound on Highway 46, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release.

The driver for unknown reasons failed to yield to oncoming traffic and pulled out in front of a Toyota Sienna SUV carrying seven passengers, CHP said. The SUV broadsided the sedan, which was carrying four people, and the left-rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle onto the road, sustaining fatal injuries, CHP said.

The three other passengers of the sedan were also injured and were transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, authorities said. CHP said none of the seven passengers of the SUV were injured.

Identification of the female passenger ejected and killed has not been released by authorities.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected in the crash, which is still under investigation by CHP.

A year ago, the California Transportation Commission approved $197 million for Highway 46 improvements, which could include a fix to the Cholame “Y” intersection.

The area has been dubbed “Blood Alley,” as it’s seen three times the number of motorist fatalities than the state average, according to Caltrans. The stretch of the highway has been a danger zone for decades for motorists, who whiz by in opposite directions without roadway separation.

It’s most famously known as the spot where James Dean died in a head-on crash in 1955.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

Hollywood icon James Dean died in a car accident in a remote corner of SLO County, California. The original coroner's inquest report is on file at the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

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