Rider, horse killed in accident on US 395

CHP news release

“On 07/28/19 at approximately 11:05 AM, a horseback rider was riding a horse near US-395, just north of Cactus Flats Rd. in Olancha, CA.

At the same time, Mark Langford of Bishop, CA, was driving his pickup pulling a travel trailer southbound on US-395 at approximately 55-60 MPH and was approaching the horse and rider.

As the pickup approached the horse and rider, he observed the horse rear up. Mr. Langford attempted to move to the left to give them room, but the horse suddenly bolted into the southbound lane of US-395. The horse ran directly into the right side of the pickup and trailer.  Both the horse and rider both sustained immediate fatal injuries from the collision. There were no injuries to the occupants of the pickup.

This collision is still under investigation by Bishop CHP. The identity of the deceased party will be released through the Inyo County Coroners Office.”


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10 Responses to Rider, horse killed in accident on US 395

  1. BRIAN YOSHIDA July 31, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

    I was there and was stuck in the south bound lane for about a hour. I wondering if the horse suffered heat stroke and freaked out. It was 107 degrees. Why in the world would the rider be out on their on their horse in that heat ?

  2. Jennifer July 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

    Our prayers go out to the family of the rider and this beautiful animal. We were traveling northbound south of the accident and waited two hours for the accident investigation/clean-up. As we arrived at the scene, CHP was alternating allowing a few cars going by in each direction. As we were stopped, we had to witness the poor horse, hanging upside down, tied by the ankles, being slowly transported over to a dump truck. It was just heartbreaking, especially for the kids, to watch, and there were so many people in cars who had to witness it. We know they were just trying to clear the scene but hopefully it’s more commonplace in tragic accidents like this one to remove the animal in a more discreet and dignified way, such as with the use of a tarp. ????

  3. Trouble July 30, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    I don’t know what really happened, but I’d sure like to know how they can prove how fast the guy was going when this happened? I’d love to hear the horses and CHP side of this story??
    P.S. Olancha, To many good people have died due to your detour road!

  4. Steve July 30, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    After she sent an e-mail about the last crash that killed 3 earlier this month. My wife just got a e-mail form Cal-Trans that said the “By-Pass” will start being built in fall of 2020 and open two years later. For some of us in Olancha it can’t happen fast enough.

  5. erik simpson July 30, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

    Years ago I was riding my bike on a rural road and was passing a horse and rider I assumed were safely off the road. At the last moment the horse shied and I rode into the back of it. I was shaken up (the horse rider even more so, as she thought I might sue), but there were no injuries. It isn’t a good idea to ride a horse on a relatively fast road, but as a driver (or bike rider), if I had enough of a look at a horse, or cow, or bear, whatever, it’s only sensible to slow down.

  6. John smith July 30, 2019 at 9:12 am #

    How about a horse and rider not ride along the side of a highway where cars are traveling at high rates of speeds! Animals are animals and can be spooked at any point by anything. Very unfortunate accident.

  7. Robert Johnson July 30, 2019 at 6:20 am #

    Livestock should never be on a highway shoulder. Thankfully the driver of the vehicle is OK.

  8. Susan Greco July 29, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

    So sad….

  9. Cazzie July 29, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

    I drive the 395 quite often and I have observed that cars and trucks travel too fast in certain areas. I believe whenever an animal is near a road, the driver should automatically slow down to pass it. 55-60 mph seems too fast near an animal and rider. What a horrible accident. SLOW DOWN! Lives will be saved.

    • Travis July 30, 2019 at 11:00 am #

      Certainly a terrible accident but rather than the driver was at fault for driving too fast (in fact, the speed limit) how about some common sense in keeping yourself and your animal far from a busy highway?


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