Boulder on SR-299E, snow, ice, creating hazardous conditions

HATCHET MOUNTAIN — California Highway Patrol and CalTrans officials are headed to reports of a boulder that has fallen onto the westbound lane of SR-299E. The boulder is reportedly west of Hatchet Mountain Wind Farm, about halfway between the Intermountain communities of Montgomery Creek and Burney.


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CHP was first alerted to the problem shortly after 4:35 p.m., after a 911 caller reported a basketball-sized rock that had fallen onto the westbound side of the winding, two-lane mountain roadway. The caller also advised it was beginning to snow and that road conditions in the area were deteriorating.

CHP notified CalTrans of the boulder and roadway conditions, and officials from both agencies were still headed to the scene at the time of this report.

A CalTrans traffic camera showed light snowfall, but wet roadway. The listed temperature of 31.8 degrees at the time indicated icy roadway conditions could be of immediate concern.

With a listed temperature of 31.8 degrees, icy roadway conditions are of concern.

Contacted for information about the boulder and road conditions, CHP reminded area residents and commuters to use extra caution and common sense when driving in the snow and on the wet highway. CHP also reminded motorists to allow more time to reach their desired destinations, due to the road conditions.

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

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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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