(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.
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.