Officials investigating Corning big-rig crash into equestrian center

CORNING — Officials are at the scene of a single-vehicle, minor-injury wreck involving a tractor-trailer big-rig that overshot an off ramp and crashed through the fence of an equestrian center earlier this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The accident happened in the area of I-5 and Liberal Ave. in Corning, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.


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California Highway Patrol and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the wreck shortly before 9:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a big-rig that had crashed. 911 callers reported the semi-truck came off the off-ramp, went over Liberal Ave., and then crashed through a perimeter fence surrounding Rolling Hills Equestrian Center. The equestrian center is located just west of the 5 Freeway and south of Liberal Ave.

No horses or livestock were involved or injured in the crash, CHP’s log indicated.

When officials arrived they found a semi-truck with major front-end damage and an attached 53-foot enclosed box trailer. Medical personnel evaluated and treated the truck’s driver, who had complaints of pain to his back.

As CHP’s investigation was getting underway, the truck driver told officers he had not been experiencing any mechanical issues leading up to the solo-vehicle accident and a CHP Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialist had been summoned to conduct a commercial vehicle safety inspection, according to CHP’s incident log.

Officials have called for a tow truck large enough to recover the heavily damaged truck and its trailer and were waiting for the wrecker to arrive. None of the trailer’s load had spilled during the wreck and the trailer was fully intact and undamaged during the crash.

It was not immediately known if the truck driver was transported to a hospital for further treatment and CHP is still at the scene investigating the cause of the crash.

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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