Chemical spill near Bridgeport likely caused by driver swerving to avoid deer

A chemical spill that temporarily closed U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport and forced the evacuation of some nearby residents on Saturday, July 26, was likely caused by a driver of a semi truck swerving to avoid a deer, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The road is now open with no travel restrictions.

The incident occurred on the morning of July 26 as a driver of a semi truck was traveling northbound on U.S. 395 near Point Ranch when the driver braked for deer crossing the roadway and the cargo inside the box trailer shifted and began to leak, according to the CHP.

U.S.395 northbound and southbound was closed for safety concerns from S.R. 270 to S.R. 182 for much of the day, with southbound traffic detoured through Nevada.

Three individuals related to the incident displayed symptoms associated with exposure and were medically treated.

The road was reopened at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.