SUV passing on curve before 299E head-on crash with big-rig

FALL RIVER MILLS — Minor injuries are being reported after a head-on, rollover traffic collision between a small SUV and a tractor-trailer combo pulling hay west of Fall River Mills this afternoon, Thursday, June 27. The accident happened on 299E, about a mile west of Pit 1 Powerhouse Rd. near the Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club, according to a CHP incident log.


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CHP and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene at 12:10 p.m., after receiving reports of a crash between a small red SUV and a white big-rig hauling hay. 911 callers, including the driver of the semi-truck told emergency dispatchers the driver of the SUV had been driving recklessly just before the collision.

The truck driver also told dispatchers that the SUV had been traveling westbound on the two-lane highway when the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and directly into the truck’s path on a blind curve.

An officer later updated that the victim’s injuries were considered minor and that the victim was transported to Mayers Memorial Hospital just before 1:30 p.m.

Despite going through a traumatic ordeal, several animals that had been inside the SUV when the accident happened were later treated to an exciting ride to the Sheriff’s Burney Mountain Sub-Station with Fall River Mills firefighters. After their once in a lifetime ride in a fire truck, the animals were kenneled at the station until family members or animal control officers could respond to pick them up.

CHP is investigating the cause of this collision and their investigation is ongoing.

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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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