California Highway Patrol officers claim the former star of U.S. soap operas One Life to Live and As the World Turns veered over into oncoming traffic and collided with another car head-on as she was driving in Buellton on Wednesday morning (18May16).

"Our understanding is she allowed (her) vehicle to cross the double yellow lines," John Ortega, public information officer for the Buellton office of the CHP told Entertainment Tonight. "There were two parties involved - a driver in each vehicle."

Both drivers were admitted to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where Buchanan was treated for minor wounds and her alleged victim, 56-year-old Bradley Asolas, is under care for undisclosed major injuries.

Buchanan, 53, was subsequently arrested and booked on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs with injury or death, and driving under the influence of .08 alcohol causing bodily injury.

The actress, the ex-wife of top Hollywood agent Sam Gores, is currently being held on $100,000 (£68,400) bail.