Update: Accident with Injuries on Highway 395 in Cartago on Monday Evening.

Multi-car crash Monday evening in Cartago. Hwy 395 closed for an hour both directions.

(Updated on September 8, 2020)

There was a multi-car crash reported on Monday evening, September 7, 2020,  in Cartago.

At least one person, (later identified as Richard Hanson of Bishop, Calif., age 80) driving a 2001 tan Land Rover, was reported as seriously injured after a traffic collision involving two other vehicles The accident happened along Highway 395 in Cartago, Calif., north of Crystal Geyser at Lone Willow Dip in Inyo County.


The Accident happened along Highway 395 in Cartago, Calif., north of Crystal Geyser at Lone Willow Dip in Inyo County.

Traffic ahead of Hanson had come to a stop due to two lanes merging down into a single southbound traffic lane. Due to Hanson’s unsafe speed, (estimated about 60 to 70 mph) he was unable to stop his vehicle in time and collided with a black 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, driven by Jessica Juarez-Valenzl of Phoenix, Ariz., age 29. This collision caused the Silverado pickup truck to get pushed forward into a grey 2019 Toyota Yaris, being driven by Jesse Mendoza of Lancaster, Calif., age 32.

Hanson, the driver of the Land Rover, was transported to the Southern Inyo Hospital for treatment of major injuries, which included cracked ribs, pneumothorax, and laceration to the face. The drivers of the other two vehicles were reportedly not injured.

The California Highway Patrol Dispatch Office said officers received a call about the accident at around 7:43 p.m.

Bishop and Lone Pine CHP officers responded to the scene, along with the Olancha-Cartago Fire Department and Lone Pine Fire Department, along with paramedics to provide medical aid.

The highway, both northbound and southbound, was closed for an hour because of the collision. The CHP is investigating the accident.

This collision is currently under investigation.

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7 Responses to Update: Accident with Injuries on Highway 395 in Cartago on Monday Evening.

  1. Steve Reese September 9, 2020 at 2:57 pm #

    I got this off of CalTrans web site.For the Olancha ByPass project.
    Project Schedule
    May 2017: Environmental Document (EIR/EIS) approved
    Spring 2018: Begin Right of Way Appraisals
    Spring 2020: Complete Plans and Specifications
    November 2020: Advertise Project
    January 2021: Bid Opening
    February 2021: Contract Awarded
    March 2021: Approve Contract
    March 2021: Begin Construction
    Fall 2022: Complete Construction

    It could not happen fast enough for some of us.

  2. Earl Duran September 9, 2020 at 7:43 am #

    When driving U.S. 395, Its not if you are going to be involved in an accident, but when, most dangerous this Highway has become a horrible situation everyday of the week, when will it be fixed? as a Local it is a near miss every time you travel on 395.

  3. Donald Salac September 9, 2020 at 2:23 am #

    Bishop has looked like a NASCAR track lately. Big trucks, little trucks, cars, people towing trailers. Everyone speeding. I wish HCL had a back way out so I would not have to go out on Main Street.

  4. Rick O'Brien September 8, 2020 at 9:07 pm #

    Here we go again , bashing anyone that doesn’t live in the Eastern Sierra. “Respect for it’s residents” ??? Respecting “OUR” 395 , via speed limit and no passing ??? The CAUSE of this accident was an octogenarian who happens to be a resident of BISHOP ! We all know that any of the problems of the Eastern Sierra are attributed to lowlifes from So-Cal right ? Not this time , dude. Or lady , or whoever …

  5. BobK September 8, 2020 at 7:27 pm #

    I would believe that widening the section of 395 between the 4 lanes South and North of Olancha would be much more important “safety wise” than narrowing Highway 168 from Bishop to Manor Mkt. causing traffic jams. The area around Olancha has been a death trap for years.

  6. Charles O. Jones September 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm #

    Bad stretch of highway. Any updates on when the widening project will begin?

    • Grr Grr September 8, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

      My thought is this has less to do with widening that stretch to prevent these traffic tragedies. It is respecting the speed limit and ‘no passing’ ? Just my opinion. Too many tragic accidents & a lack of respecting our 395 from speedsters regardless of the widening of our highway & respect for its residents


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