Big-rig takes out Palo Cedro power pole, fence

PALO CEDRO — Officials are continuing to work at the scene of a tractor trailer combo that crashed into and knocked down a power pole in Palo Cedro shortly before noon today, Tuesday, Dec. 10. No injuries were reported after the collision, which happened along the Deschutes Rd. off ramp for SR-44, according to a CHP incident log.


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CHP and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the location around 11:40 a.m., after receiving reports of a big-rig that clipped a power pole knocking it down. 911 callers, including the driver of the semi-truck, also reported live power lines were down in the roadway and covering the tractor trailer, and that the stranded Oak Harbor Freight big-rig was blocking the roadway.

Officials at the scene called for PG&E employees to de-energize the live wires and assess damage to the nearby poles, and Cal-Trans workers to assist with traffic control and to repair or replace a 25 to 30-foot length of chain link fence that was knocked down.

As of this report, CHP, PG&E, and other emergency responders are continuing to work at the scene and officials have not released any further information or details about their investigation, which is active and ongoing.

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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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