Three hospitalized after Lamb Canyon head-on wreck

SAN JACINTO — Three people were injured, including one who was left trapped inside the mangled wreck of their car after a two-vehicle, head-on collision involving two vehicles Monday morning, Feb. 17. The major injury crash happened in the area of SR-79/Lamb Canyon and Gilman Springs Rd. in an unincorporated area north of San Jacinto.


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CHP, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire/Riverside County, and AMR were dispatched to the crash just before 8 a.m., after receiving multiple reports of a head-on traffic collision involving two vehicles.

When officials arrived they found two heavily damaged vehicles, described as white sedans, in the middle of the four-lane roadway. Vehicle parts and debris were scattered throughout the area, leaving the road blocked and impassable.

While waiting for officials to arrive at the scene, several good Samaritans helped those injured in the crash while directing traffic around the wrecked vehicles. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

Numerous witnesses and good Samaritans had stopped at the scene and were out of their vehicles. Some were providing aid and comfort to those involved in the crash, while others were helping to direct traffic around and away from the scene of the accident.

Firefighters and paramedics immediately began evaluating and treating the victims, and quickly confirmed a passenger from one of the two vehicles was trapped inside their wrecked car and would need to be extricated using the “Jaws of Life.”

Three AMR ambulances were used to transport the victims to area hospitals, including one who sustained serious injuries, according to Cal Fire.

CHP is investigating the cause of the crash and their investigation is 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.