20 big rigs overturned due to 80 MPH winds in...

Posted at 8:48 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 23:48:16-05

Around 4:30 a.m.. the Mojave California Highway Patrol issued a high wind advisory. 

Twenty semi-truck tractors were blown over - all due to winds reaching 80 MPH, causing CHP to shutdown HWY 14. 

CHP said high winds like this do not usually occur and it’s very rare to have this many big rigs over turned in one day.

“It's not very often, this is not a common occurrence,” said Brad Degus, Sergeant – CHP-Mojave.

Many drivers said this is one of the worst wind storms they have seen in this area ever.

“I've been in a lot of wind even though this is probably the worst wind storm I have ever been in my life - this is bad," said Charles Akin, traveling from Reno, Nevada to Bakersfield, CA. 

"This is the worst winds I've saw in California," Hedwig Sanchez, traveling to Bakersfield. 

After several hours, California Highway Patrol said HWY 14 is now re-opened. Please continue to travel with caution, winds are still high.