All SR-89 traffic between I-5 & SR-299E shut down due to snow conditions, multiple accidents
BURNEY, Calif. — CHP and Caltrans officials have called for the full closure of SR-89, between the junctions of Interstate 5 near Mt. Shasta and SR-299E east of Burney. Additionally, all traffic already stuck along the now-closed 60-mile stretch is being turned back, “wherever possible”, according to officials.
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Caltrans’ website indicates that heavy snowfall, icy roadways, and worsening weather conditions, coupled with a number of accidents along the entire length between the two junctions forced the highway’s closure. Additionally, as of 7 p.m., Caltrans’ live mapping showed Interstate 5, between Dunsmuir and Edgewood as being nearly impassable in some areas and completely closed in others.
A Caltrans traffic camera at Snowman showed that at 7:23 p.m. traffic was being turned around, with lengthy backups and significant delays in travel times being reported by area motorists. Caltrans image
CHP called for the SR-299/89 junction to be closed at 6:04 p.m., and requested Burney Sheriff’s Station deputies respond to the scene to assist Caltrans with setting up hard closures and turning back any and all motorists. CHP also requested deputies assist with clearing any stranded vehicles if possible.
Numerous, sometimes simultaneous accidents have been reported at or near W. Colombero Drive, Snowman’s Summit, Pilgrim Creek Road, Bigelow Road, Bartle Lodge, and several other areas.
At 7:21 p.m., Caltrans and CHP updated that SR-89 from McCloud to Ski Park Highway was “completely impassable due to heavy snow with multiple big rigs and vehicles spun out and blocking the roadway.”
Contacted for further information, a CHP representative said all unnecessary travel through the region should not be considered unless absolutely essential.
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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.
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