Woman receives moderate injuries Thursday in solo crash that closes Highway150
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 07, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
An unidentified woman received moderate injuries Thursday when she lost control of an SUV taking a curve on Highway 150 near Steckel Park and sheared off a utility pole, an accident that closed the roadway for several hours.
According to the Ventura Fire Department, the accident occurred August 1 at about 5 p.m. when a blue Toyota Rav 4 traveling north didn’t make a curve in the 4700 block of Ojai/Santa Paula Road. The Toyota left the roadway and slammed into a communications utility pole, shearing it off and, according to witnesses, part of the pole was pushed up through a window in the vehicle.
Seven rescue units responded to the scene including Santa Paula Fire Engine 81. The driver was trapped and had to be extricated. After she was treated on scene for moderate injuries she was loaded into a Ventura County Sheriff’s helicopter and flown to Ventura County Medical Center.
Although the utility pole knocked down was not electrical, there were wires reported in the roadway. The two-lane highway had to be shut down during the extrication, with traffic backed up in both directions.
Later one lane was reopened with alternating traffic. The northbound lane had to remain closed until Verizon crews arrived on scene to remove the dangling utility pole, determined to be a hazard by emergency responders.
There was no other information on the crash that occurred between Bridge Road and Mistletoe Road/Steckel Park.