A three-car collision on U.S. 395 shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday sent two residents, one a California Highway Patrol Officer, to the hospital with minor injuries.
According to the California Highway Patrol Mammoth Lakes resident Colby Coats, 30 of Mammoth Lakes, was involved in a single-vehicle collision at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday just north of Lower Rock Creek Road in Mono County.
Bishop CHP Officer Richard Hudachek, 43, responded in a marked patrol car, finding Coats’ Toyota 4-Runner on the right shoulder of southbound lanes, facing north.
Hudachek parked his patrol car in front of the 4-Runner, and activated his emergency lights to warn oncoming traffic of the icy road conditions.
While Hudachek sat inside his patrol car, Lina Myers, 55, of Mammoth, entered a curve in the roadway traveling south in the number one lane. According to the CHP, Myers saw the emergency lights and attempted to slow her Jeep Grand Cherokee. “The Jeep was traveling at about 45 miles per hour when Myers lost control due to the icy road conditions,” a press release from the CHP states. “The Jeep continued out of control onto the right shoulder, where it collided with the rear of the CHP patrol vehicle.”
The patrol car was pushed forward into the Toyota.
Both Myers and Hudachek were transported to Northern Inyo Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
CHP Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland said southbound lanes of U.S. 395 were closed from about 5:50-7:40 p.m. as “hot mix,” a combination of salt and cinders, was applied to the highway to melt the ice and provide traction for motorists.