Big rig accident near Bridgeport

chpcarUPDATE AS OF 8:00 AM, the involved vehicles (truck-tractor and trailers) are partially in Virginia Creek, immediately west of US 395, and leaking motor oil and possibly diesel fuel into the creek.  This is now a being managed as a hazardous materials incident.  Representatives from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are on-scene to assist with clean-up while Patriot Environmental Services, a private hazardous materials clean-up company, is en route from Bakersfield.

Bridgeport Fire Department has re-responded to the scene.  Representatives from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are also en route.  The California Highway Patrol is responsible for the investigation of the incident and will continue to manage the incident throughout today.  Motorists are again asked to use extra caution in this area as workers will be in close proximity to US 395 as clean-up continues throughout the day.  Motorists should expect intermittent delays of up to 30 minutes throughout the day as clean-up and removal of the vehicles continues.

On Friday, October 10, 2014, at approximately 3:45 AM a non-injury collision occurred involving a truck/tractor pulling two trailers on US 395, north of State Route 270 (Bodie Road).  Two on-duty California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responded and a CHP sergeant was called out from their residence. Bridgeport Fire Department initially responded and cleared the scene a short time later.

As of 6:25 AM a large tow truck is on scene and a plan is being developed to up- right the “big-rig” and trailers.  Removing these vehicles could result in intermittent roadway closures lasting up to 30 minutes both north and south of the collision location.  A formal press release will be disseminated this afternoon regarding this incident.

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Mark
Mark
7 years ago

I SUPPORT THIS COMMENT > One percent of 11 or 12 million visits is 110 or 120,000 visits. If every one of those visits does damage, the cumulative impact is tremendous. There is no way vegetation grows back as fast as it’s destroyed and this is exactly why everyone needs… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

I would have turned around and went over Lucky Boy Pass rd. instead of waiting idle. Waiting SUCKS !

Breanna
Breanna
7 years ago

Delays of up to 30 minutes?! HA. I’ve been stuck here for over 2 hours and no one has any idea when the hell we’ll start moving again!

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago

Look at what off roaders have done to the desert around Ridgecrest, Cal City, Red Rock Canyon and Jawbone. A US highway like 395 is essential to business development, mobility and general economic progress. They are essential national infrastructure. Off roading? Not so much. It’s recreation for a very small… Read more »

turtle soup
turtle soup
7 years ago

Wow, your kidding me, off roaders ruined a small piece of desert???!!! what about the millions upon millions of “other” acres, how are they doing? And how about the millions upon millions of other protected wilderness acres, are they ok? Is the beauty still intact???? Well, I’m glad you can… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  turtle soup

turtle soup…..If the ORV’ers have their way,those “millions of “other” acres” will eventually fall victim to their “guy-guy look-at-me ” sport too…and Desert Tortoise…..you forgot to mention Lake Los Angeles,Littlerock Dam,High Vista,practically the whole eastside of the Antelope Valley,that isn’t private-owned ranch-land,Antelope Acres,getting into and around the Fairmont area……and that’s… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne: It’s just no fun unless you can cut your own trail through healthy vegitation.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken Warner….And along with that,much more fun if you can leave some beer cans behind,a few broken bottles and toilet paper along the way…..and a big-rush and fun if it can be done around other campers or hikers to annoy them while they’re doing it !!

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Wayne, nobody is planning a Woodstock in Lone Pine.

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

An economic impact
study currently being
conducted by several
industry associations
has preliminary findings
that indicate the direct
annual OHV-related
expenditures exceed $10
billion in California.

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/25010/files/ohmvr-commission-2014report.pdf

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Profit is not the only consideration. There is a cost as well. Another case study from the USFS: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/CaseStudyReport.pdf A quote from the study: “Unfortunately, there’s also been a downside to OHV use. I believe that the vast majority of our OHV users are responsible. They leave no lasting trace… Read more »

Big Rig Trucker
Big Rig Trucker
7 years ago

The good ole 395. Killing more wildlife and polluting more of the local environment in one day than OHV use can do in a lifetime…
But lets close roads and limit use of the big bad offroad vehicles – they’re the true problem. lol

Makes perfect sense to me!!