Crane truck hits Redding overpass, snarls I-5 traffic

REDDING — CHP is investigating the cause of a non-injury accident involving a McConnell Foundation big-rig crane truck that reportedly struck the Twin View Blvd. over-crossing while traveling northbound on Interstate 5 earlier today, Wednesday, July 31.

According to a CHP incident log, the crane truck, which reports from the scene indicate was too tall to safely pass under the bridge, was left stuck under the overpass. Witnesses and officials say the bridge was damaged by the impact with the large vehicle.

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CHP, Redding Police and Fire Departments, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, and other emergency personnel, were first alerted to the solo-vehicle accident shortly before 2:30 p.m.

According to CHP’s incident log, Cal Trans had been notified that the crane truck was stuck under the bridge, and that the overpass had sustained damage and lost concrete from the impact with the large, commercial vehicle.

CHP’s log updated at 2:33 p.m., that CalTrans had been notified and had a bridge crew headed to the scene to check the status of the damaged overpass.

The accident reportedly caused significant delays in northbound traffic along the interstate, as other motorists were diverted off the freeway and around the active accident scene.

As of this publication, CHP’s investigation was active and ongoing at the scene and officials have not released any further details or information.

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 currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto 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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