BREAKING: Two air ambulances requested after Paynes Creek rollover, ejection

PAYNES CREEK — Emergency personnel are at the scene of a major injury, rollover traffic collision that happened on SR-36, just west of Paynes Creek and 23 miles east of Red Bluff.


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California Highway Patrol, Tehama County Sheriff’s, Tehama County – Cal Fire, and other emergency first responders were dispatched to the rollover accident about 10:21 p.m., after 911 callers reported the solo-vehicle crash.

911 callers reported the overturned vehicle came to rest blocking the westbound lanes and that good Samaritans were attempting to help a sole female occupant, who was possibly trapped inside the sedan.

According to a CHP incident log, callers told emergency dispatchers that the female inside the wrecked vehicle was responsive and talking but was asking about her brother, who she said had been in the car with her but could not be located.

After arriving at the scene, officials reported finding two victims with major injuries, including a female who needed to be extricated from the wrecked vehicle. Officials soon requested two air ambulances respond to the scene and CHP’s H16 and a Mercy Air Ambulance began responding to the area.

A short time later officials at the scene requested an ETA for the first inbound air ambulance but cancelled the second one.

As of this report, CHP’s H16 was expected to arrive at the scene about 11:30 p.m.

CHP has not yet released any information about this accident or their investigation, which is active and ongoing at the scene.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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