One dead after nine-vehicle Nuevo wreck caused by big rig
NUEVO, Calif. — Authorities say one person was killed in a multi-vehicle, chain-reaction traffic collision in the unincorporated area of Nuevo yesterday afternoon, Monday, Feb. 8. The deadly accident, which was caused by a tractor-trailer dairy tanker and involved eight other vehicles, happened in the area of Ramona Expressway, just west of Lake View Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol.
CHP Officer Juan Quintero has since told RCNS that distracted driving on the part of the truck driver is being considered as a contributing factor in the fatal crash. He also said that as CHP’s investigation continues, officers are gathering information that could lead to charges being filed against the driver of the tractor-trailer combo who caused the deadly collision.
LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES:
CHP, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire-Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly after 4 p.m., after receiving multiple calls reporting a crash involving nine vehicles, CHP Officer Juan Quintero has since told RCNS.
At least six people were hospitalized after the collisions, according to Quintero; who described the victims’ injuries as minor to major.
Additionally, one victim, the passenger in a white Ford Focus, succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene, said Quintero. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
CHP is considering charges against the driver of a tractor-trailer dairy hauler who “failed to notice stopped traffic ahead” and plowed into several cars, causing a chain-reaction crash that ultimately involved eight other vehicles. One person died at the scene, while six others, including the truck driver, were hospitalized with injuries ranging from minor to major. Nathan Wilking/RVC News photo
During their subsequent investigation, officers determined the big rig, driven by Kieran McCall, a 29-year-old resident of Beaumont, was heading eastbound on Ramona Expressway when he “failed to notice stopped traffic ahead, in the eastbound lane,” Quintero described.
McCall was unable to stop before the front of his rig collided with the rear of a white Ford Focus.
The tremendous impact forced the Focus into the opposite, westbound lanes of traffic, directly into the paths of a black Honda Civic and dark blue Dodge Ram. Both oncoming vehicles struck the Ford.
After the initial impact, the big rig continued eastbound where it then struck the rear of a white Ford Ranger. That impact thrust the pickup truck into the rear of a flatbed trailer, which was being towed by a red Ram 3500.
The impact with the first vehicle the big rig struck, a Ford Focus, forced the small car into oncoming traffic, where it was then struck by two additional vehicles. The passenger of the Ford suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Nathan Wilking/RVC News photo
The big rig then continued eastbound where it struck the left rear of a gray Toyota Tacoma. “This collision forced the … Tacoma onto an adjacent dirt shoulder, where it came to a stop,” described Quintero.
Still continuing eastbound, the big rig then struck the right rear of a Red GMC C-10.
“The force of the collision pushed the Red GMC C-10 forward … where it then collided with the right rear of a gray Honda CRV,” said Quintero.
LEADING THE SCNS NORTH STATE HEADLINES:
The crash left vehicles scattered across the entire expressway and onto the adjacent shoulders and forced the hours-long closure of portions of the road, leading to significant delays in travel times for commuters and area motorists.
CHP’s investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the collisions and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to call the California Highway Patrol’s Accident Investigation Unit at (951) 637-8000.
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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
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 30 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 18 grandchildren.