Victim's car collides with hay squeeze on Highway 166
A Southern California man was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 166 south of Maricopa Friday afternoon.
The crash took place about 1:45 p.m. on the two-lane highway about a mile south of Elkhorn Grade Road and a half-mile south of the lower escape ramp.
The victim was identified as Mark Scott Allbecker, 49, of Chatsworth
California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Taylor said the victim was driving a 2003 Hyundai 4-door sedan northbound on Highway 166 and went out to pass with "insufficient clearance" and collided with a hay squeeze, a tractor with a hydraulic lift for haling hay. The driver of the Hyundai died instantly.
The driver of the hay squeeze, a 55-year-old man from rural Maricopa, was not injured.
A third vehicle sustained minor damage when it struck debris from the crash.
Traffic on Highway 166 has been very heavy because of the closure of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara and the accident blocked both lanes of the roadway, creating a massive traffic pileup
An hour after the accident southbound traffic had backed up for more than two miles to Stanislaus Street in Maricopa and northbound traffic was backed up to the top of Grocer Grade.
The crash scene was finally cleared and both lanes of traffic were reopened at 4:55 p.m., Taylor said.