Power Returned after Big Rig Crashes into Mt. Whitney Motel in Lone Pine; Motel was in Flames

[UPDATE NOTE FROM LADWP ON POWER OUTAGE: (August 1, 2020) Approximately 100 residential and 4 commercial/business customers were without power due to a traffic accident that occurred overnight.It was restored by 6PM this evening.]

ORIGINAL REPORT OF INCIDENT FROM INYO COUNTY SHERIFF, FOLLOWED BY OFFICIAL REPORT OF COLLISION NEWS RELEASE  FROM CHP – BISHOP OFFICE RECEIVED LATE THIS AFTERNOON:

In a report from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, around 4:30 this morning, a big rig transporting hay crashed into the Mt Whitney Motel in Lone Pine, CA. The north end of motel was fully engulfed in flames.

Mt. Whitney Motel in Lone Pine, Calif., aftermath of fire caused by big rig carrying hay crashing into the motel.

Deputy Atkins (Inyo Sheriff) and two brave citizens pulled the driver out of the building that was engulfed in flames; the driver was transported to the hospital for treatment.

the Mt. Whitney Motel engulfed in flames after big rig crashed into it.

Everyone was evacuated- unknown if there are injuries as of now.

CHP COLLISION REPORT:

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Monsow
Monsow
1 year ago

Just to clear up the quick assumptions that were made on the driver. He wasnt under the influence, nor did he fall asleep. He had a heart attack, while driving. He recently passed away after days in the ICU. I know this because he was my aunt’s husband.

Charles James
1 year ago
Reply to  Monsow

Our best wishes to you and all of your family that is suffering from his loss. May he rest in peace, and may his memory be in the hearts and minds forever of those he knew and those that loved him.

Micaela Locacciato
Micaela Locacciato
1 year ago
Reply to  Monsow

That’s terrible. I’m so sorry for your loss

Rebecca Marder
Rebecca Marder
1 year ago

This report says nobody was in the motel at the time of collision, however I was sleeping in room #2 with my friend when the truck crashed directly into our room. Bad policing. We are lucky to be alive and unharmed.

JoeC
JoeC
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebecca Marder

Bad reading comprehension. It says the hotel ROOM was empty.

Micaela Locacciato
Micaela Locacciato
1 year ago

I was sleeping in room #2 of the motel when the truck hit our room. It was horrifying.

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

It’s crazy how fast people drive. My brother has a store on Main St in Bishop I heard a CHP yelling around a driver who was clocked at 100mph between Big Pine & Bishop. Crazy !

Maryellen Stumbaugh
Maryellen Stumbaugh
1 year ago

My husband and I were staying at the motel. Very frightening.

Donald Salac
Donald Salac
1 year ago

Time for some monster speed bumps.

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago

I live a block away. First,the power went out,then a big boom….a few minutes later,another big boom. Looked outside,a big plume of smoke and fire. It took out 2 power poles,the Carl’s Jr. overhead sign,a couple of street signs before it made it’s way into the unoccupied motel room #… Read more »

sugarmags
sugarmags
1 year ago
Reply to  David Dennison

while I don’t disagree that speeding through town is a problem, don’t you think this accident was likely caused by the driver falling asleep? or possibly impaired driving.

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago
Reply to  sugarmags

sugarmags Not sure how he lost control,but IMO,he had to have had some kind of control of things after the hit the first telephone pole by the park. His truck and load traveled the sidewalk by Carl’s Jr.,not the street,taking out their sign and then into another telephone pole and… Read more »