May 30, 2013
Misty Volaski, email@example.com
A head-on collision on Highway 33 near Loma Drive shut down both lanes of traffic for about 30 minutes late Thursday morning as emergency crews worked to extricate a man from his 2011 Chevrolet Equinox.
According to public information officer Steve Reid with the California Highway Patrol, Ojai’s Merle Fourez, 73, was heading eastbound on Highway 33 when his Chevy crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 2006 Chevy pickup truck driven by 32-year-old John Sandoval of Santa Barbara. The accident, reported at 11:38 a.m., caused Sandoval’s truck to roll. It eventually came to a rest on its driver’s side on the Ojai Valley Trail, near Mira Monte Elementary School.
Both Fourez and Sandoval were transported to the Ventura County Medical Center, where Fourez was admitted with “serious back injuries,” Reid said. Updates on the current condition of the men were not available as of press time.
No alcohol was involved, and no arrests were made, Reid added, although he said it appears Fourez was at fault.
Emergency crews responding to the scene included Ventura County Fire Department’s Station 23 in Oak View and Station in 22 Meiners Oaks, the CHP, Ventura County Sheriff’s officers from the Ojai station, and Lifeline Medical Transport.