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More details on fiery crash that closed US 395 in Inyo County

The scene in Lone Pine, Calif., after a tractor-trailer hauling hay crashed into the Mount Whitney Motel, causing a fire.
The scene in Lone Pine, Calif., after a tractor-trailer hauling hay crashed into the Mount Whitney Motel, causing a fire.(Inyo County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 9:30 AM PDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2020 at 10:12 AM PDT
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LONE PINE, Calif. (KOLO) -SUNDAY, 10 A.M. UPDATE: A 73-year-old truck driver from Calexico, Calif., was taken to Southern Inyo Hospital with major injuries after crashing into the Mount Whitney Motel in Lone Pine early Saturday, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP said the 2009 Freightliner hauling hay was going south on U.S. 395 in the slow lane and for a reason still undetermined the truck went off the west road edge and onto the sidewalk, then hit several poles and a businesses sign, causing power lines to fall the ground.

The vehicle then crossed Locust Street and hit the motel, coming to rest partially inside the building. It caught on fire and also set the motel and the hay on fire, the CHP said.

The Lone Pine Fire Department put out the fire.

3:15 P.M. UPDATE U.S. 395 in Lone Pine has reopened after a traffic accident early Saturday, the California Department of Transportation reported.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said a tractor-trailer rig carrying hay crashed into the Mount Whitney Motel in Lone Pine. The north end of the motel was fully engulfed in flames, the sheriff’s office.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Atkins and two citizens who were not identified by the sheriff’s office pulled the driver out of the burning building. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver’s condition was not immediately available.

The motel was evacuated.

ORIGINAL STORY: U.S. 395 remains closed in Lone Pine, Calif., about 260 miles south of Reno, following a rollover accident early Saturday that started a fire.

Detours have been set up at East Bush Street and East Begole Street so vehicles can get around the closure in the south Inyo County community.

The California Highway Patrol and several other agencies are at the scene. The crash was reported about 3:45 a.m. and the California Department of Transportation reported just before 7 a.m. that U.S. 395 was expected to be closed for several more hours.

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