Cow killed when vehicle plows into herd that wandered onto Hwy. 97

WEED — At least one cow was killed and several others were possibly injured Sunday evening, Oct. 7, when a vehicle plowed into a herd of cattle that wandered onto SR-97 on the outskirts of the unincorporated community of Weed.

The accident happened just north of mile marker 25, between Grass Lake and Little Deer Mountain Road, according to a CHP incident log.


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CHP and other emergency personnel responded to the collision shortly after 8 p.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting an accident between a vehicle and herd of cows. The caller reported as many as five cows were struck. Another 911 caller reported all the cows and the vehicle that hit them were on the right hand side of the road and that there was no road blockage cause by the collision.

When CHP arrived they reported finding one of the cows crippled and severely injured. The cow, described as black with a green ear tag and the number 524, died of its injuries about thirty minutes later, according to an officer at the scene.

Although an ambulance was initially dispatched to the scene, CHP later updated that there were no injuries related to the crash.

Officers had dispatchers contact several area ranchers to determine who owned the cattle hit in the accident and area ranchers came by throughout the evening and into the next afternoon to check on the cow killed in the collision. Based on the cow’s ear tags, officials determined the cow possibly belonged to the Martin’s and Heidi Martin confirmed late this afternoon that the cow was from her family’s ranch.


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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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