Fatal accident closes U.S. 395 Tuesday morning

Times Staff

U.S. highway 395 was closed for nearly two hours Tuesday morning, June 9 following a three-vehicle collision just north of Bridgeport at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. One person died in the accident, a 26 year old man from Monterey Park. Two other people were seriously injured.
The collision is under investigation, but according to the California Highway Patrol, it appears Wesley Chen, 26, of Monterey Park, who was driving a 2014 Nissan Versa, crossed the center-line of the highway, colliding with a Freightliner box truck driven by Ronnie Varela, 46, of Carson City.
It is unknown how another Gardnerville couple, Kenneth Bryant, 85, and Esther Bryant, 77, were involved in the collision. However, both were uninjured.
Officer Ann Morin of the Bridgeport CHP office said that Wesley Chen, the driver of the Nissan, suffered fatal injuries. His passengers, Sean Chen, 26, of San Diego, and Christopher Lau of Fremont, both suffered major injuries and were flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno for treatment.
Varela, the driver of the box truck, suffered minor injuries and chose to seek his own medical care.
Morin said the highway was closed north of Bridgeport from about 10:15 a.m. until noon.
Personnel from the CHP, Bridgeport Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Paramedics and the California Department of Transportation responded to the collision.
“The exact sequence of the events and the cause of the collision remain under investigation by the CHP,” a press release states. “The Mono County Sheriff-Coroner Office is conducting the death investigation.”
Morin said the CHP always urges travelers in Mono County to use extreme caution on the highways. She explained that the remote area can create a delay in response time, and it could take as much as two hours to fly critically injured motorists to medical facilities in the Reno area.
“Slow down, take your time and wear your seatbelt,” she said.