No injuries after black ice leads to vehicle overturning on Hwy. 299 near Burney

Officials are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle, rollover crash that happened early Monday morning, Nov. 27. The non-injury accident happened on Highway 299 near Moose Camp Road, about 42 miles east of Redding and eleven miles west of Burney.

California Highway Patrol and other emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the rollover about 4 a.m., after the driver of the overturned SUV called 911 to report the accident.

A man escaped uninjured after his SUV hit a patch of black ice and overturned on Hwy. 299, early Monday morning. Zack Montgomery photo

When they arrived, officials found a black SUV on its roof, on the eastbound side of Highway 299.

The vehicle was partially on the shoulder and the rear-half of the truck was blocking the eastbound lanes of traffic, causing other motorists to have to cautiously make their way around the SUV.

Several other vehicles were stopped along both the east and west-bound shoulders from motorists who had stopped to render aid and check on the driver’s status.

The driver, who has not been publicly identified, told officials he had been driving eastbound up the mountain highway when he hit a patch of black ice and the rear-end of his vehicle began to slide. The driver reportedly attempted to regain control of his SUV, at which time he over-corrected, lost control and hit the side of the mountain before overturning.

After his SUV came to rest upside down, the man was able to undo his seat belt and climbed out the passenger side of his vehicle. He was uninjured and declined treatment at the scene.

The vehicle was later righted back onto its wheels before being towed from the scene.

Alcohol is not suspected as a contributing cause on the crash.

CHP is investigating the cause of the accident and their investigation is active and ongoing.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.

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