No injuries after pickup with trailer plows into Burney tree

UPDATED/CORRECTED: Monday, April 8, 10:45 a.m., to reflect correct location in Burney, not Cassel.

BURNEY — Emergency personnel are at the scene of a solo-vehicle crash in an unincorporated area of Burney that was reported this morning, Monday, April 8. The accident, which involved a pickup truck pulling a 32-foot trailer, happened on SR-89, near Hat Creek Ln., according to official radio traffic and a CHP incident log.


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CHP, along with Shasta County-Cal Fire and other emergency personnel, were first alerted to the crash around 9:45 a.m., after receiving reports of a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree near Hat Creek Construction.

A California State Parks ranger was first to arrive at the scene just minutes after the call was dispatched and reported finding a pickup truck and trailer that left the roadway and struck a tree. The ranger reported the sole occupant from the truck had safely exited his vehicle and was uninjured in the crash, at which time fire and rescue personnel were cancelled.

The ranger also reported the uninjured driver had already contacted someone to help pull his vehicle from the embankment and back onto the road.

Officials remain at the scene of the accident, which was not causing any significant delays as of this report, and CHP is investigating the cause of the crash.

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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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