There was a traffic accident with a fatality reported early this morning at the junction of US Hwy 395 and State Hwy 168, just north of Big Pine as a truck plunged into a local canal.
Reportedly, but still to be confirmed, the vehicle was a black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. The name of the victim has not been released by the authorities.
Traffic along Hwy 395 was reduced to one lane for some time as the accident was being investigated with numerous agencies responding. The Inyo County Coroner was called to retrieve the victim’s body and the pickup truck was extricated from the canal.
The California Highway Patrol – Bishop Office is investigating the accident. Sierra Wave will provide more information as it becomes confirmed and available.