Fatal accident on 395 near Olancha

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OLANCHA— The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is currently providing traffic control for the cleanup of a sedan versus truck accident that occurred yesterday evening.

The accident is just south of the junction of U.S. 395 and State Route 190, in the town of Olancha. The overturned truck was hauling 52,000 pounds of crushed marble and spilled about 60 gallons of diesel.

Prior to towing the truck away and finalizing clearance of the accident scene, the truck must be emptied of the marble in order to successfully upright the vehicle, and the hazardous diesel must be removed.

Caltrans will use flaggers, alternating north and southbound traffic past the work site. Expect traffic delays of up to 15 minutes.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Be Work Zone Alert.

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On December 27, 2017, at approximately 1651 hours, a 2010 Freightliner Tractor/Trailer combination (V-2) was traveling northbound on US-395 (a two-lane highway at this location), approximately one mile south of SR-190 (Olancha), at approximately 55 mph.

At the same time, a 2011 Lexus GS350 (V-1) was traveling southbound on US-395, approaching V-2, at an unknown rate of speed. The driver of V-1 attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him by driving into the northbound lane, directly in V-2’s path of travel.

This resulted in V-1’s front end striking V-2’s front end. V-1’s driver and left rear passenger, both from Burbank, sustained fatal injuries as a result of this collision.

The remaining passenger of V-1, a child seated in the right rear child restraint, was transported to Bakersfield Trauma Center by Mercy Air. The driver of V-2 sustained minor injuries and was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital.

This collision is still under investigation. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 

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Lilly Chiang
Lilly Chiang
4 years ago

We are still devastated and saddened about their tragic death that happen almost a year ago. I came from Taiwan where both Dr. Lin and Dr. Lu originated from. So I immediately bonded with them on my very first office visit. I can still remember how much fun we shared… Read more »

BK
BK
4 years ago

Still shocked at the tragic news, I finally decided to look up the details today… perhaps for some closure on my part. Thank you so much for your service and for your friendship – RIP Dr Lu and Dr Lin. May God bless and sustain your little one!

Alison
Alison
4 years ago

My husband and I are beyond heartbroken for the family, the practice and the little boy who survived. His mother spoke about him every time I went into her office (we’ve been patients for 12 years). Dr Linda Lu was such a sweet woman. I’m so sad… Prayers and hugs… Read more »

April Milligan
April Milligan
4 years ago

I just found out today about this terrible news. My ex-husbands family introduced me to Jerry and Linda 10 years ago. We are all patients of theirs. It breaks my heart to hear about such horrible event happening to a wonderful family. I pray for their son, family and all… Read more »

Craig Paulsen
Craig Paulsen
4 years ago

Dr. Lu was my dentist. I’m really sad to learn of her passing. REALY SAD.

Xenia Larin
Xenia Larin
4 years ago

I am left without words today to find out this terrible tradegy! Dr Lynn has been my Family dentist for the past 15 years! Visiting the Dentist was a great experience because they always took the time with me and my Family. There is nothing I could say but bless… Read more »

Kelli Jensen
Kelli Jensen
4 years ago

I am so very sad to learn about this horrific accident and then to find out it was my former pool co-captain and his wife just breaks my heart. He was patient and helped any one who wanted to learn how to be a better player. He took our team… Read more »

Dennis Burgeson
Dennis Burgeson
4 years ago

Heartbreaking news. I knew Dr. Lin and Dr. Lu for 17 years. Dr. Lin was bar far the sweetest caring and gentle dentist on Earth bar none. And he was a humble and respectful person as well. He took his glove off an shook my hand EVERY time I went… Read more »

Ines Bravo
Ines Bravo
4 years ago

I have known Dr. Lin for over 20 years and I am very sad for his family and son. May God bless them. I am sure he was not trying to pass another car, he was not the type of person to take that kind of risk with his family.… Read more »

Susan Brabant
Susan Brabant
4 years ago

My husband and I were patients of Dr. Lin and Dr. Lu for over 13 years. Im so sad over this news. Dr. Lu was such a kind person. We always enjoyed conversations talking about children, education and schools. She will be missed. Bless her family and son. Susan and… Read more »

Janice Baldwin
Janice Baldwin
4 years ago

We were patients of Dr. Jerry Lin and his wife Linda Lu. My son and his Family also were his patients. We knew him for a decade, and found him to be gentle, fair and sensitive to our needs! What a loss for his family and his son. Such a… Read more »

Paulina
Paulina
4 years ago

Dr. Lin was also my dentist and I also knew his wife. This is a terrible tragedy. May those traveling this road in the future drive safely and be cautious.

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

Heart breaks, a wonderful family…

Moe
Moe
4 years ago

I knew him too. He was truly a good person, respectful and always pleasant. (And an amazing pool player)
-RIP Jerry

frank howe
frank howe
4 years ago

I don’t know the area, the roads, or what really happened but i knew one of the fatalities. He was a dentist and one of the nicest guys ever. I never was lucky enough to meet his wife and child but was told they were lovely. Sad to learn of… Read more »

D.A. Wright
D.A. Wright
4 years ago

I lived in June Lake and Big Pine during much of the 1970s to 2008. During those decades I watched US395 turn from a 2-lane highway to its present state. I’ve seen numerous injury and fatal accidents. I have been run off the road a time or two from someone… Read more »

Roadgeek395
Roadgeek395
4 years ago

For everyone talking about installing a center divider please read the EIR for the Olancha 4 lane project. It explains why it’s not the fix-all solution.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/d9/projects/olancha/index.html

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
4 years ago
Reply to  Roadgeek395

Recent addition to the link below: “January 24, 2018 Caltrans is currently in the design and right of way phases. Residents affected by the new alignment will receive a notice of decision to appraise from the Caltrans Right of Way department. In addition, Caltrans is in the process of acquiring… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
4 years ago

This one is on Caltrans. Either reroute it or put up a center divider. Don’t blame others for not trying to fix the problem.

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

No Trouble, this one is on those who value plant life over human life.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner…not so much valuing plant like over human life,IMO…..two things to be done to help fix….build the alternate route outside Olancha….and get some CHP presence in that area to slow down the SoCalers…even so,if that were to happen,still going to be speeding,silly drivers and accidents.

sugarmags
sugarmags
4 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

Yep, plant life and garbage dumps from the early 20th century are more important to BLM staff then people’s lives. Can you say ‘obstructionist’?

quacque
quacque
4 years ago
Reply to  sugarmags

What is your investment in spewing this hate-filled nonsense?

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
4 years ago

Hey Caltrans – There were plans being discussed several years ago to address this dangerous section of highway, please update us on the status.

Skadi Lifdis
Skadi Lifdis
4 years ago

Personally, I think they should put up billboards with pictures of these horrific accidents (obviously without showing any gore) and perhaps put the stats (1 car, 1 semi. 2 fatalities). I talk to people from the cities all the time that seem to think because the highway is straight and… Read more »

Almost Native
Almost Native
4 years ago
Reply to  Skadi Lifdis

Skadi, that is the last thing we should in courage in my book. You might think of putting some of those gross pictures on Caltrans front door .
I know at least three people from Bishop that have been killed and injured at this same spot.

Laura
Laura
3 years ago
Reply to  Skadi Lifdis

Skadi…he never tried to pass. He was either sleepy or distracted. I knew them and he would never had put his family in danger like that. As for putting up horrific accidents on billboards…it’s posted on most digital displays not to text and drive…that doesn’t seem to phase anyone from… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago

This whole week,crazy drivers and traffic…and not just on HWY 395,but also the main st. in town…driving through downtown Lone Pine in front of McDonald’s and LPHS and in the afternoon I was passed by a Ford F150 going at least 65 MPH in the 25 MPH zone….was hoping for… Read more »

Erinn
Erinn
4 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Plenty of CHP’s up here in Mono County – and they are doing a great job!!

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago
Reply to  Erinn

Mono County,always a lot of CHP’s,especially in the area between Lee Vining and Bridgeport,which is a good thing….been told if you drive 5 MPH over the speed limit through either of those towns,or over about 70 MPH going to or from those towns you can count on a speeding ticket,not… Read more »

sugarmags
sugarmags
4 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

seriously??? CHP have been EVERYWHERE this holiday seasons. Literally, pulling people over left and right, I saw 6 (in 1.5 hours driving through Mono Co) alone on christmas eve, even though hardly anyone was on the road. Open your eyes dude

Donald Salac
Donald Salac
4 years ago

I commuted to Santa Barbara for over two years. Down on Sunday afternoon and back on Friday afternoon. The worst part of the ride was Olancha. Been run of the road several times. Thank God the wrong way driver did not choose to go off the road at the same… Read more »

sugarmags
sugarmags
4 years ago
Reply to  Donald Salac

The system is broken…they’ve been trying to 4-lane this stretch of highway since 1998. Can’t get through the environmental process. Seriously, some Fed govt. agencies care more about 1900’s trash dumps than saving peoples lives. For real.

Trouble
Trouble
4 years ago

This has been going on for 40 years now and we have all known of the problem for to long now. Cal trans needs to finally do something. Speeding, cell phones and no seat belt tickets are not the answer here.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…Cal Trans can do all they can or want,but in most cases,as long as the SoCal drivers drive like they do,there is always going to be these horrific accidents up here….2 lane,four lane,by-pass,whatever it is,still gonna happen when people are driving 85 MPH,texting and talking on smart phones,dare I say… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
4 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Lower, speeding is not the main problem there. People are not able to see oncoming traffic after they are already committed to passing the slow trucks in front of them. I don’t get why they don’t put in a center divider there.

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
4 years ago

Yesterday (12/28) on our way home to Mammoth after being away for Christmas, we saw the efforts being made to upright the semi. We didn’t know what happened until I looked it up on my phone then read about the tragedy. An eye witness, who was driving behind the Lexus… Read more »

John wiley
John wiley
4 years ago

Not mercy air -Hall Air

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
4 years ago

If people would have just a little bit more patience, instead of passing (illegally) to get just one more car length ahead, we’d ALL be safer . I realize that it’s not financially viable, but think how much safer it would be if CalTrans put up those concrete barriers in… Read more »

Roadgeek395
Roadgeek395
4 years ago

I hate reading about these types of terrible accidents. This is why I’m all for the Olancha Bypass. I know the bypass wouldn’t prevent all accidents, but it would prevent these deadly head-on accidents.

My thoughts go out to the victims families and the truck driver.