US 395 re-opened after spill

On July 26, 2014, at approximately 7:45 PM the scene on United States Highway (US)-395 was rendered safe by emergency crews after being closed due to an earlier incident that involved a hazardous material spill from a commercial motor vehicle.  At approximately 8:30 PM US-395 opened to through traffic.

 

 

 

UPDATE: 6PM Saturday:

 

The purpose of this press release is to provide information regarding the ongoing roadway closure on United State Highway (US)-395 from State Route (SR)-182 to State Route (SR)-270.

 

The preliminary information at this time indicates on the morning of July 26, 2014 a semi truck was traveling northbound US-395 near Point Ranch when the driver braked for deer crossing the roadway.  The cargo inside the box trailer shifted and began to leak. The driver noticing material leaking from his trailer pulled over south of Bridgeport, CA and requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area (CHP).  A CHP officer arrived on scene and determined this to be a possible hazardous material incident. US-395 northbound and southbound was closed for safety concerns from SR-270 to SR-182. Three individuals related to the incident displayed symptoms associated with exposure and were medically treated.  At this time CHP , Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, United States Marine Corp Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) Fire Department, Bridgeport Fire Department, Lee Vining Fire Department, Care Flight, Mono County Health Department and California Department of Transportation (Cal-Trans) are on scene assisting with the  cleanup operations. A Joint Unified Command Post has been established on scene with CHP, Mammoth Lakes Fire and Cal-Trans.

 

It is anticipated the roadway will be closed for several more hours to facilitate cleanup.

 

SR-270 to Bodie State Park is currently open.

 

Alternate routes to avoid the area closed on US-395 includes State Route (SR)-167 and State Route

(SR)-182 out to Nevada. Motorist traveling on US-395 are urged to use these alternate routes to avoid delays.

If requesting additional information, please contact Officer M. Sept at the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area Office at (760) 932-7995.

 

UPDATE: 12:00PM: Hwy 395 CLOSED from SR 270 (Bodie Road) to Hwy 182 due to Hazmat Spill (south of Bridgeport)

A big rig carrying several unknown hazardous materials experienced a tank failure while driving southbound on Hwy 395, just south of the Caltrans sign in Bridgeport.

Hwy 395 is still closed to ALL northbound and southbound traffic from SR 270 (Bodie Road) to Hwy 182. Due to the location of the spill, there are no alternate routes around the spill to take traffic around this closure. If you are traveling north of Bridgeport, in the Nevada area, there are detours available. It is unknown as this time how long the road will be closed. If you can avoid this area, please do so.

This is a Hazmat spill of roughly 30 gallons of hazardous chemicals. It is estimated to be about a 20 foot by 30 foot spill on the ground along Hwy 395. Crews are on scene and an out-of-area Hazmat company is enroute to help with the clean-up effort.

There have been no injuries in this incident but the driver and two others were exposed to the hazardous chemicals. They have been transported to a local hospital, evaluated and released.

The residents of Bridgeport that live around the spill site have been evacuated and a shelter has been opened at the Bridgeport Elementary School.

More information and updates will be posted as they come available. Thank you! – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

Jennifer M. Hansen, MPS

Public Information Officer
Mono County Sheriff’s Office

 

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Subject:
 Hazardous Materials Spill

 

On July 26, 2014, at 0723 hours a big rig carrying several unknown hazardous materials experienced a tank failure while driving southbound on Hwy 395, south of Brigdgeport. Due to several unknown chemicals spilling onto the roadway, Hwy 395 will be closed for several hours for clean up to take place. No injuries were involved.

 

R. E. WEST, Sergeant
Acting Commander
CHP – Bridgeport Area

 

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AR Hudson
AR Hudson
8 years ago

My thanks to the rangers at the Mono Lake Visitor Center. We were caught on the south side of the closure. We turned around and went to the center for advice. The ranger told us about the spill and showed a way to get around it (by going east to… Read more »

Terry Ferkel
Terry Ferkel
8 years ago

“Organic Fertilizer” really, is that what everyone that worked that mess was told to say?

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago
Reply to  Terry Ferkel

United Nations HAZMAT Class 5 Oxidizing agents and organic peroxides http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAZMAT_Class_5_Oxidizing_agents_and_organic_peroxides Please feel free to contact the CHP office in Bridgeport if you have any questions we can answer. Respectfully, “Terry Ferkel,” I am curious if you read through the information provide above or any of the provided links to… Read more »

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago

“Sierra Lady,” Ma’am, you are welcome and it is my pleasure. I know many people think of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as just a red light in their rear view mirror. We are that, and I am proud of the manner in which our personnel professionally conduct enforcement contacts… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
8 years ago

The red light in the mirror could also be slowing me down for a hazard on down the road. Thank you to the CHP and to LT RDC for keeping us all safe on the highway and for the info posted here . Your primary job and tasks may not… Read more »

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago
Reply to  Philip Anaya

🙂

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
8 years ago

Thank you Lt. R. D. Cohan for that thorough and detailed reply with all the pertinent information. I was at a wedding in Mammoth that had been delayed as they waited for some of their guests from Reno to arrive via the detours. When one gentleman arrived after being in… Read more »

Terry Ferkel
Terry Ferkel
8 years ago

My wife and I were driving the 26th on Hwy 395 south from Minden on our way to Lone Pine when we noticed some signage saying that the roadway was closed 8 miles ahead, we still had not crossed the Cal/Nev State line. The next sign said to detour to… Read more »

Tony Cumia
Tony Cumia
8 years ago
Reply to  Terry Ferkel

Good maps are very useful during vacations…SR202 through Yerrington…to Hawthorne….plenty of signs….ive done it dozens of times. Or just get out and ask someone.

Terry Ferkel
Terry Ferkel
8 years ago
Reply to  Tony Cumia

Tony you’ve done it plenty of times, it was our first time and there were lots and lots of signs, but not many detour signs and we really didn’t know that we were supposed to go in the direction of Hawthorne. Hopefully we won’t have to do it dozens of… Read more »

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago

sheesh people. The driver was carrying a mixed load when something started spilling out of the vehicle. Did you expect him to expose himself to the hazardous substance longer so that he could clearly identify which barrel was leaking? My understanding is that two LEO’s driving by had to go… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Also, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed none of the spillage got into any of our waterways. BK

Heh?
Heh?
8 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Sugar, all our comments came after the road had been opened and declared safe. My brain says that in order to clean up they had to have identified the substances. No one criticized the driver or responders. Relax.

Tony Cumia
Tony Cumia
8 years ago

The spill happened where the CalTrans overhead sign are located south of town…the creeks were not affected

Norm Olson
Norm Olson
8 years ago

Manifests & placards certainly should be with the truck/driver. Why so secretive about was spilled? Has Virginia Creek, or Green Creek or Willow Springs been fouled/compromised? Inquiring minds want to know,… Bennett?

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago
Reply to  Norm Olson

“Norm Olson,” there was no effort to be secretive, please just give us some time to get all the correct information together. Many of the responding personnel were assigned to this incident for 12+ hours. After that we have to get them home for a shower, some sleep and some… Read more »

mOngO tHe IDioT
mOngO tHe IDioT
8 years ago

I’m really stupid yet not stupid enough to carelessly and unknowingly move a volume of hazardous material down the same corridor that supplies water to millions of people. I will however try to maintain a level of stupidity that reinforces the belief that everything is OK and Government has fixed… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

A few more details would be nice!

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

“Trouble,” please see above….I did my best for being on vacation and out of the office.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Wow LT, my comment came first, but you hold rank.

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

“Trouble,” you are right, I apologize. Your post was eight hours before the post by “Heh?.” When I logged on to Sierrawave.net the post from “Heh?” was at the top. Again, my apologie, please consider my response to “Heh?” to be to both of you. Please don’t for a second… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

LT I don’t care what I say about ya, your alright!

Jennifer M. Hansen
Jennifer M. Hansen
8 years ago

Good evening, everyone! Hwy 395 is now open to all traffic. All responding agencies thank you for your patience in dealing with this spill, road closure and detours throughout the day. Please continue to travel safely!

Heh?
Heh?
8 years ago

Why are the substances unknown? Are not Hazardous Materials manifested and placarded for transport?

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago
Reply to  Heh?

Heh?, at the time of the press release, the substances had not been identified. When a gasoline tanker drives by you on US 395, you should see a red placard indicating hazard class three (flammable and combustible liquids) and United Nations (UN) number 1203 indicating the truck’s cargo tanks contain… Read more »

Heh?
Heh?
8 years ago

Thanks Lt.
My question/comment was made in response to the road open announcement. Is it safe to assume at that point the materials had been identified in order for the road to be cleaned and declared safe?

Lt. R. D. Cohan
Lt. R. D. Cohan
8 years ago
Reply to  Heh?

“Heh,” Yes, all involved materials have been identified and my understanding is that all clean up was completed Saturday night.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

Thanks for the detailed response.
Hopefully it will satisfy the impatient armchair quarterbacks amongst us.