Fatal accident: Vehicle plunges into Virginia Creek

Press release

On Friday, Feb. 23, at approximately 7:15 am, a collision occurred on southbound US Highway 395, just south of Green Creek Road.

A white 2006 GMC pickup was traveling south on US 395 at approximately 40 miles per hour, on the snow-covered-roadway,.
As the GMC passed Green Creek Road, it rotated in a clockwise fashion as it slid from the southbound lane of US 395 onto the west shoulder where it overturned and came to rest upside down within Virginia Creek.
Both passengers were able to self-extricate as the passenger compartment began to fill with water.
The driver was mechanically extricated by the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department and transported to Mammoth Hospital by Mono County Paramedics. The driver succumbed to his injuries while at the hospital and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:05 am.
All occupants appear to have been properly restrained. Drug or alcohol impairment was not a contributory factor in this collision and there is no evidence that the driver was using a cell phone or was otherwise distracted at the time of the collision, which is under investigation.
The involved parties names are being withheld pending official notification of next-of-kin by the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

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