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Eastern Sierra News for July 21, 2024

 

 

 

 

On July 2, 2024, at approximately 1019 hours, Joma Henderson was travelling southbound on US-6 in a 2013 Peterbilt truck tractor towing
a fuel tank trailer with 5,700 gallons of gasoline and 2,001 gallons of diesel. Henderson made an unsafe turning movement to the right
causing the truck and trailer to travel off the west road edge of southbound US-6. Vehicle #1 overturned and came to rest on its left side
facing in a south-easterly direction with the truck tractor blocking the soutbound lanes of US-6. Joma Henderson was transported for minor
injuries to Northern Inyo Hospital by the White Mountain Fire District Ambulance.

Approximately 1,900 gallons of gas and 100 gallons of diesel spilled into the dirt ditch just west of southbound US-6. White Mountain Fire
District, Chalfant Fire Department, and Bishop Fire Department personnel were on the scene. Fire personnel were able to slow the leaking of the
fuel from the trailer. Due to the hazmat spill, the California Highway Patrol established a 1,000 ft. perimeter around the scene as
recommended by the Emergency Response Guidebook. US-6 was closed until July 3, 2024, at 0452 hours, when it was determined that
vehicular travel was safe.

This collision is still under investigation by the Bishop California Highway Patrol.


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