U.S. 395 Reopened South of Olancha
OLANCHA — Caltrans District 9 has reopened U.S. 395 south of Olancha following an incident on the highway involving a big rig and a motorhome. The road was closed just before noon between Sage Flats Road and Walker Creek Road. Caltrans, CHP, and fire crews were able to push the vehicles involved in the incident to the side of the road to get traffic moving again. Caltrans asks that all drivers be aware of emergency personnel on the scene as they proceed through the incident area.
Here is the CHP report on what happened.
11-24-2021, At approximately 11:40am, a semi truck driver from Phelan California, was driving a 2011 international semi truck/trailer loaded with cardboard. The semi truck was traveling northbound along US 395 Just south of cactus flats road near Olancha, California.
The semi truck was entering a construction zone when the truck driver failed to see northbound traffic was coming to a stop due to the road construction. The semi truck crashed into the back of a travel trailer and truck at approximately 50 miles per hour. The pickup and travel trailer are then pushed into the back of a Toyota SUV. The pickup and travel trailer came to rest on the northbound shoulder of US 395 where it became fully engulfed in fire. The semi truck and trailer came to rest blocking both the northbound and southbound lanes of us 395 where it became fully engulfed in fire. All parties were able to exit their vehicles and only minor injuries were reported.
Personnel from CHP in INYO County Sheriff’s Department, CalFire ,Caltrans, Olancha volunteer fire department and Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash scene.
A small brush fire resulted from the crash which was extinguished by firefighter personnel. US 395 was closed to all traffic for an extended period of time due to the semi truck blocking all lanes of traffic.
The crash is still under investigation by Bishop CHP