SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The driver of an SUV injured her hand in a two vehicle crash and rollover in downtown Santa Barbara Friday morning.
It happened just before 11 a.m. on State Street and Haley.
An eyewitness Wyatt Hotchkiss said the second vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe was crossing the intersection on State Street when the accident happened.
The Tahoe had five passengers, some were children.
The KIA SUV had one person inside.
After the crash Hotchkiss said “there’s glass everywhere and they are like help we’ve got kids in there!”
He said it was like a scene out of a movie. He jumped in to help bring a child out and render assistance.
Santa Barbara City Fire Battalion Chief Jim McCoy said those inside were able to free themselves and got out without any serious problems. “They all told me the seat belts were on.” Firefighters were sweeping up a large amount of glass from the damage.
Airbags deployed in several areas of the Tahoe.
AMR medics were on scene to treat the injured hand of a driver, but she remained on the scene and was interviewed by police.
The cause of the accident is not known.
The streets were crowded with holiday shoppers at the time. Several also stepped in to assist.
A nearby business, Uncle Rocco’s N.Y. Pizza brought the passengers inside and the staff assisted in their needs.
Many were on the sidewalks and fortunately the vehicles involved did not jump the curb or hit nearby poles and trees.
Earlier in the day there were five other vehicle accidents reported.