4, including 2 medics and patient, hospitalized after rollover crash

SAN BERNARDINO — Four people, including two medics and a patient being rushed to an area hospital, were all injured and hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision involving a San Bernardino County Fire Department ambulance and a passenger vehicle yesterday morning, Thursday, Aug. 8.

The ambulance had been traveling with its lights and sirens activated when the collision occurred at the intersection of 40th St. and N. Waterman Ave. in the City of San Bernardino, department spokesperson Tracey Martinez later reported.


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The crash caused the ambulance, MA26 based out of Twin Peaks, to overturn and caused heavy damage to both the interior and exterior of the official vehicle.

“The inside of the ambulance was pretty destroyed,” Martinez explained; saying the full extent of damage was still being evaluated.

Two paramedics and a patient being transported to an area hospital were among four people hospitalized after a rollover collision involving an ambulance that was traveling with its lights and sirens activated, according to officials. SBCFD photo

Ambulance personnel involved in the collision reported the accident around 9:40 a.m., “then immediately rendered aid to injured parties,” Martinez explained.

Additional San Bernardino County Fire crews responded to the scene and continued rendering medical aid to the four victims. All four were eventually transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

 According to Martinez, both ambulance personnel and their patient were all wearing safety restraints when the accident happened. It was not immediately known if the driver of the other involved vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

The ambulance was eventually righted back onto its wheels at which time it and the other vehicle, described as a small silver sedan that suffered major front-end damage, were towed from the location.

San Bernardino PD officers are investigating the cause of the crash 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 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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