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Bakersfield woman killed in crash on Highway 166 in Santa Maria

Posted at 12:20 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 15:20:02-05

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — A Bakersfield woman was killed in a crash on Highway 166 in Santa Maria, according to CHP.

On December 12 around 1:54 a.m., CHP was dispatched to a crash on Highway 166 west of Cottonwood Canyon Road. CHP says 41-year-old Heather Sevier of Bakersfield was driving a 1996 Ford F250 eastbound. For an unknown reason, Sevier's truck drifted into the westbound lane, where it collided with a semi-truck. The driver of the semi-truck attempted to slow-down, but was unable to avoid colliding with Sevier.

The semi-truck went off the roadway after the crash and rolled onto its side. The Ford F250 also went off the roadway. It stopped south of the westbound lane and became fully engulfed in flames.

Sevier was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured. The semi-truck was carrying crude oil at the time of the crash. No oil was spilled during the crash, however a tank did rupture as authorities attempted to recover the semi-truck. An unknown amount of oil was spilled.