Four people killed in separate crashes on Highway 101, Goleta Valley

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Authorities have reported a fatal vehicle crash that happened on Highway 101 in the western Goleta Valley, around 10 a.m.

According to California Highway Patrol blocked but have reopened the multiple lanes of the highway that was closed following the two accidents that claimed the lives of four persons.

The CHP said “Hyundai crashed into another vehicle in the same lane and then hit the shoulder of the highway before coming to a stop in the roadway. The other involved vehicle fled the scene.”

The authorities revealed that the first incident occurred when a Hyundai Sonata driving northbound on Highway 101 when it collided with another vehicle at the same lane and then struck the shoulder of the highway before resting in the roadway.

Authorities are yet to know if too much speed or alcohol are factors of the crash.

CHP pronounced the Hyundai driver who is yet to be identified dead at the scene.

It was also revealed that about 10 minutes after the crash, a Volkswagen traveling northbound at an veered off to the dirt center divider and bump into oncoming traffic in the southbound lane.

The Volkswagen then crashed into a Ford Expedition. The two vehicles caught fire immediately they crashed.

The drivers of the two vehicles and one Ford passenger were confirmed dead at the scene.

The identities of the deceased persons are not immediately released pending notification of family members.

CHP, Santa Barbara County Fire Department and ambulances were present at the scene.

The incident is still under investigation.

Witnesses with information regarding these crashes are appealed to reach CHP Santa Barbara at 805-967-1234.