Highway 395 reopened after hazardous chemical spill forces evacuation
July 26, 2014
More than a dozen hours after closing Highway 395 for a hazardous material spill, officials reopened the road at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
A semi-truck leaking hazardous materials prompted officials to close Highway 395 south of Bridgeport and evacuate residents in the area.
Travelers were advised to use highways 167 and 182 to go around the area. The spill was located in the Walker River canyon south of Bridgeport.
According to preliminary information, the truck was northbound on Highway 395 when the driver braked for deer crossing the road. The truck’s cargo shifted and started to leak. The driver noticed the leak and pulled over south of Bridgeport. He then called the CHP at about 7:23 a.m.
A CHP officer arrived and determined that the material was possibly hazardous. There were no injuries in this incident, but the driver and two others were exposed to the hazardous chemicals. They were transported to a local hospital, evaluated and released.
Bridgeport residents who live near the spill site were evacuated to a shelter at the Bridgeport Elementary School. They have since returned to their homes.
Roughly 30 gallons of hazardous chemicals were spilled.