Wind topples big rig near Lee Vining
February 16, 2014
Saturday’s high winds resulted in the closure of Highway 395 for four hours between Lee Vining and Bridgeport after an 85 mph wind gust toppled a big rig.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the truck was northbound on Highway 395, despite signs warning high profile vehicles to stay off the highway.
The driver told officers he was travelling at about 10-20 mph when wind gust knocked the rig over at about 3:43 p.m. just north of Lee Vining.
Both the driver and his passenger received minor injuries in the accident. While working the accident, blowing rock knocked a window out of a CHP vehicle.
During the closure, CHP officers escorted vehicles in groups of 40-100 at appropriate speeds, causing delays of up to one hour for some. High profile vehicles were banned from the highway between Bishop and the Nevada state line.
A 74 mph gust was recorded in Carson Valley at about 12:50 p.m. with sustained winds of 50-60 mph.
A 64 mph wind gust in Carson Valley at around 4 p.m., according a wind gauge in central Carson Valley.
East Fork Fire Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said a pine tree was uprooted at Highway 395 and Genoa Lane and a power pole broke off at its base at Topaz Park, but there were no reported outages.