BREAKING: Officials headed to rollover crash, car submerged, in Poison Lake

UPDATED: Sunday, May 5, 11:15 a.m.

LASSEN COUNTY —  CHP and other rescue personnel have arrived at the scene of this morning’s rollover crash involving a car that crashed into Lassen County’s Poison Lake and came to rest upside down and partially submerged.

According to a CHP incident log and official radio traffic, the first arriving CHP personnel  found all occupants had made it safely out of the overturned and submerged car, with only minor injuries reported. The vehicle was described as a blue sedan, that came to rest upside down in the lake, about 30 feet from the roadway.

At about 11:15 a.m., CHP requested a HazMat and Office of Emergency Services response, due to fluids that had leaked from the wrecked car into the lake. CHP also requested a tow truck respond to the scene to remove the overturned car from the lake.

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

LASSEN COUNTY — Fire and rescue personnel are headed to the scene of a rollover accident involving a car that ended up upside down and partially submerged in Lassen County’s Poison Lake, about 35 miles east of the junction of highways 44 and 89.

Initial reports via a CHP incident log and official radio traffic indicate numerous witnesses and good Samaritans are at the scene and have been helping pull the occupants from the submerged car.


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CHP and other emergency personnel were first alerted to the crash around 10:40 a.m. this morning, Sunday, May 5, after receiving reports of the overturned and submerged vehicle, about ten miles west of Bogard Ranger Station. Despite extremely poor cell reception in the area, 911 callers reported numerous other motorists had stopped at the scene and had helped pull all the occupants from the overturned vehicle.

911 callers also reported the crash possibly happened when the driver of the overturned vehicle swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway.

As of this 11 a.m. report, CHP and other official personnel were still headed to the scene of the crash, and no further updates were immediately available.

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 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.