Multiple mud slides force SR-74 closure

UPDATED: Thursday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m., With additional closure information. (See CHP video at bottom.)

UPDATED: Thursday, Feb. 14, 9:50 a.m., With additional closure information.

Multiple mud slides reported along SR-74, between the San Jacinto Valley and Mountain Center have forced the temporary closure of the two-lane, mountain road, according to a CHP incident log.

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CHP was first alerted to the problem and road blockages earlier this morning. By 9:05 a.m., CHP requested a hard closure for the highway, and mountain bound vehicles were being turned back at Cranston Station. Valley bound traffic was being turned back at Mountain Center.

At 9:45 a.m., CHP’s incident log updated that new mud and rock slides had been reported along Hwy. 74 near Hurkey Creek and that CHP had called for the closure throughout that area as well.

When contacted for details, CHP dispatch reported the closure would be in effect until further notification, with no estimate when the highway would be reopened.

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

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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