A collision on Highway 126 near Piru Wednesday afternoon claimed the life of a Santa Barbara woman and injured two other people including a man from Castaic.
California Highway Patrol officials said the collision occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. in front of Rancho Camulos Museum when an eastbound pickup truck driven by Kenneth L. Coombes, 29, of Castaic, crashed into the rear of a Chevy truck, which was also traveling eastbound.
The initial impact caused Coombes’ truck to cross the center divider of Highway 126 and collide head-on with a westbound Toyota Camry. The female passenger in the Camry, a 57-year-old Santa Barbara resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, Anthony N. Romasanta, 54, also of Santa Barbara, was airlifted to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.
Officials at the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office later identified the female passenger as Sharon Vaughn.
Coombes suffered major injuries and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
The driver of the Chevy truck, Louis J. Lee, 45, of Lancaster, was treated at the scene.
The incident caused the partial closure of Highway 126 for approximately three hours.
While there is no indication at this time that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, the cause is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact CHP Moorpark Division at (805) 553-0800.