Flights resume after Santa Barbara Airport crash

Aug 26, 2019
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UPDATED August 26, 2019: Flights at the Santa Barbara Airport have resumed after a plane made an emergency crash landing there late Sunday night. Federal authorities have been on the scene since early Monday morning to investigate the cause of the crash. Flights were cancelled for 19 hours following the crash. 

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Wednesday marks 60 years to the day since Hollywood legend James Dean lost his life on a rural San Luis Obispo County highway.

Peter Klein

Nearly 5000 PG&E customers on the Central Coast lost power this afternoon when a car collided with a utility pole on Highway 1 south of Arroyo Grande.

Power was restored to the area around 5:00 p.m. according to Grover Beach police.

The driver was trapped in her car for about 20 minutes following the crash because of live power lines, but was safely removed according to Five Cities resident Peter Klein.

The California Highway Patrol in San Luis Obispo says a fatal crash that killed a bicyclist on Los Osos Valley Road Wednesday night happened because the victim crossed the roadway in front of an oncoming vehicle.

Officer Richard Lee says 25-year-old Anna Deis was struck and killed as she left the La Familia Ranch Pumpkin Patch around 6:30. He says the crash happened as she crossed the road to head West and passed in front of a car driven by an 86 year old driver.

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An overnight big rig crash and fire forced the closure of northbound 101 just south of San Luis Obispo early Thursday morning.

No injuries were reported.

"For unknown reasons the driver allowed the vehicle to travel into the center median and collide with the guardrail," the CHP said in an update via social media. "The vehicle then struck the concrete bridge overcrossing causing major damage."

The vehicle came to rest hanging from the over-crossing over Higuera Street.

Charges were filed this week against the 16-year-old driver of a truck involved in an accident that killed cyclist Matthew O'Neill last month near Santa Maria.

It happened on Foxen Canyon Road on August 9th.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office says the boy is facing misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges. He is also charged with two infractions; driving a commercial vehicle without a license; and non-compliance with driving terms and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Unified School District

A Santa Barbara teenager is dead following a head-on crash Wednesday night that shut down the northbound lanes of Highway 101 near Carpinteria for several hours.

The California Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Daniel Perez entered the highway going the wrong way, using the Lake Casitas off-ramp as an on-ramp. His car flipped onto its roof after colliding with a semi-truck in the slow lane.

The driver of that truck was not injured.

Perez was just starting his junior year at San Marcos High School and, according to teachers, was a good student with a strong GPA.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:49 a.m.

The subjects were identified by the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department as Robert Berg 82 years old of Paso Robles and John Warren, 66 years old of Paso Robles.

Neighbors describe the men as very knowledgeable pilots who loved the Paso Robles area, and were well-respected in the community.


Peter Klein, Five Cities Fire

A stretch of Los Berros Road in Arroyo Grande opened to traffic in both directions Tuesday evening around 5:30, after being shut down for most of the day as crews worked to clean up a semi-truck roll-over crash.

The problems started just before 9:00 a.m. on Los Berros between Falcon Crest and Century Lane. The driver was unable to negotiate the road's curves, according to Five Cities Fire. The cab portion of the semi came to rest on Los Berros with the two trailers twisted off into the brush almost 10 feet below the road surface.

Southbound lanes of 101 in Santa Barbara were closed for much of Monday as investigators collected evidence from a deadly two vehicle crash.

Two 17-year-old girls and a 20-year-old man were killed after their Mazda flipped on the highway just around 12:45 a.m. Monday near the Castillo exit.

The California Highway Patrol says seconds later that vehicle was hit by a Ford Mustang driven by 52-year-old Kimberly Kreis who suffered minor injuries. Kreis was later arrested for DUI and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Arroyo Grande Fire

Arroyo Grande Police are investigating whether texting is to blame for a roll-over accident Wednesday afternoon that injured a local teenager.

A witness says the car flipped several times after leaving the roadway near Arroyo Grande High School where the 17-year-old boy is a student.

Five Cities Fire Battalion Chief Riki Heath was driving on Fair Oaks Avenue when he came upon the scene, just moments after the crash happened.