On July 26, 2014, at approximately 7:45 PM the scene on United States Highway (US)-395 was rendered safe by emergency crews after being closed due to an earlier incident that involved a hazardous material spill from a commercial motor vehicle. At approximately 8:30 PM US-395 opened to through traffic.
UPDATE: 6PM Saturday:
UPDATE: 12:00PM: Hwy 395 CLOSED from SR 270 (Bodie Road) to Hwy 182 due to Hazmat Spill (south of Bridgeport)
A big rig carrying several unknown hazardous materials experienced a tank failure while driving southbound on Hwy 395, just south of the Caltrans sign in Bridgeport.
Hwy 395 is still closed to ALL northbound and southbound traffic from SR 270 (Bodie Road) to Hwy 182. Due to the location of the spill, there are no alternate routes around the spill to take traffic around this closure. If you are traveling north of Bridgeport, in the Nevada area, there are detours available. It is unknown as this time how long the road will be closed. If you can avoid this area, please do so.
This is a Hazmat spill of roughly 30 gallons of hazardous chemicals. It is estimated to be about a 20 foot by 30 foot spill on the ground along Hwy 395. Crews are on scene and an out-of-area Hazmat company is enroute to help with the clean-up effort.
There have been no injuries in this incident but the driver and two others were exposed to the hazardous chemicals. They have been transported to a local hospital, evaluated and released.
The residents of Bridgeport that live around the spill site have been evacuated and a shelter has been opened at the Bridgeport Elementary School.
More information and updates will be posted as they come available. Thank you! – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
Jennifer M. Hansen, MPS