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.]


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.


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

  1. Monsow August 14, 2020 at 11:42 pm #

    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 August 15, 2020 at 1:49 am #

      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 August 16, 2020 at 9:58 am #

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

  2. Rebecca Marder August 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm #

    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 August 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm #

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

  3. Micaela Locacciato August 2, 2020 at 10:38 pm #

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

  4. Kim August 1, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

    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 !

  5. Maryellen Stumbaugh August 1, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

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

  6. Donald Salac August 1, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

    Time for some monster speed bumps.

  7. David Dennison August 1, 2020 at 2:27 pm #

    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 # 1.
    A prelude of things to come,next time probably during the day, maybe with an even worse outcome involving vehicles and pedestrians if Lone Pine Main St. continues to resemble a NASCAR racetrack this summer and then into fall and winter for the Mammoth ski season .

    • sugarmags August 3, 2020 at 8:59 am #

      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 August 3, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

        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 into the motel.
        Another 4 feet or so west of where he was traveling,obviously out of control somewhat,he would’ve hit the 4 Carl’s Jr. eastside gas pumps.


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