Trucker Rescued From Burning Rig After Taking Out Power Lines and Crashing Into Motel
Lone Pine, CA – A trucker suffered serious injuries in early morning tractor-trailer crash over the weekend that took out power lines and a fast food sign before crashing into a motel in Lone Pine.
The incident occurred Saturday, August 1 at approximately 3:50 a.m.
According to an accident report by California Highway Patrol (CHP), a 73-year-old male trucker from Calexico, CA, driving a 2009 Freightliner, was traveling southbound on U.S. 395 in the slow lane.
Officials report the driver was hauling “double trailers loaded with large hay bales.”
For unknown reasons, CHP said the driver failed to maintain control of the semi-truck, which traveled off the road and onto the sidewalk.
The truck then collided with “several” poles (including two power poles) and a Carl’s Jr. fast food sign.
Live power lines were pulled to the ground and as a result, multiple businesses and residences in the area lost power.
CHP said the truck then crossed Locust Street and crashed into Mt. Whitney Motel, located at 305 North Main Street.
The truck’s load of hay spilled onto the roadway and surrounding area.
Additionally, the crash ignited a fire, engulfing the tractor, hay, and the north end of the motel.
CHP said Inyo County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of two Good Samaritans, were able to pull the trucker from the burning semi.
He was transported to a nearby hospital with what was described as “major” injuries.
Thankfully, the motel room where the truck came to rest was vacant at the time of the crash.
Nonetheless, all occupants of the motel were evacuated while officials battled the blaze.
Nobody in the building was injured.
The identity of the driver has not been released.
There is no update on his condition at this time.
U.S. 395 was closed for hours as crews worked to clean up the area.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
Photo courtesy Inyo County Sheriff’s Office