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Big wind blows over tractor, trailer on U.S. 395

October 25, 2010

It was blustery. It was tempestuous. Sunday's windstorm also was dangerous, as a Fresno truck driver and his female passenger found out when they blown right off the road.

The accident happened as the man's tractor-trailer was northbound on U.S. 395 near Mammoth Yosemite Airport. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol in Bishop, the accident happened Sunday at about 11 p.m.

A strong gust of wind blew the empty truck-and-trailer combination onto its right side and onto the right shoulder.

As the vehicle came to rest, the right fuel tak ruptured, causing about 80 gallons of diesel fuel onto the shoulder.

The driver of the vehicle claimed no injuries, but a private citizen took the truck driver's passenger to Southern Inyo Hospital with a puncture would to her left arm.

The wind was roaring so hard that the salvage and cleanup operations could not begin until Monday morning.

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