CHP investigating deadly Hat Creek rollover

HAT CREEK — At least one person has died after a solo-vehicle crash in Hat Creek this morning, Saturday, Nov. 16. The fatal collision, which involved at least two occupants, happened along SR-89, just south of the post office and Doty Rd., according to a CHP incident log.


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CHP, Cal Fire and other emergency personnel were first alerted to the crash about 10 a.m., after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision. According to a CHP incident log, a 911 caller who reported the crash told emergency dispatchers that a tan vehicle had overturned after running off the roadway, “near the old red schoolhouse.”

Based on the victim’s injuries, officials requested an air ambulance to the scene and a SEMSA helicopter was soon dispatched to the location to air-lift at least two victims injured in the crash.

While officials worked at the scene SR-89 remained open and no significant delays in commuter travel times were reported.

Although officials have not yet responded to a request for further information and details regarding the deadly accident, at around 2:17 p.m. CHP updated their log that the incident had resulted in at least one fatality.

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

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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 16 grandchildren.

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