A devastating two-car collision claimed five lives over the weekend in Ventura County. The accident occurred on Highway 1/Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) just north of Mugu Rock. The scene unfolded southeast of Oxnard on Sunday morning, November 6, 2022.
CBSLA-TV reports the crash was called in around 4:30 a.m. The California Highway Patrol found that a Toyota SUV and a Subaru sedan had collided head-on. They say that one of the vehicles had veered into oncoming traffic. The reason for the mistake hasn’t been released. After impact, the vehicles both caught fire.
The four people inside Toyota died from their injuries. The driver of the Subaru, the only person in the car, was also killed.
California Highway Patrol investigators continue to work to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC, of Ventura County also had details on the crash.
Car Accident Dangers on PCH in Ventura County
The PCH, also known as Highway 1, remains one of the most popular scenic routes in all of America. But the beautiful views can come along with traffic dangers.
Drivers can be traveling too fast for the curves and declines on the highway. Motorists can lose control of their vehicles and cause devastating accidents along the coastline of Ventura County.
California transportation researchers track the number of accidents along Highway 1 in Ventura County each year. In 2020, the stretch of road was the scene of 65 accidents involving injury. That number held fairly steady in 2021 when there were 60 crashes reported.
Unfortunately, the number of fatalities recorded in those accidents did rise dramatically in 2021. In 2020, 2 people lost their lives along the coastline in car collisions. In 2021, that number jumped to a tragic 7 deaths along the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County.
Once 2022 numbers are collected, it’s hoped that a trend of fewer accidents, injuries, and deaths is uncovered. But improvements won’t last unless drivers across Ventura County start showing more care as they travel around other motorists.