One injured after fiery rollover wreck in Montgomery Creek

UPDATED: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., With additional details regarding victim’s status and cause of crash, along with correction regarding the fire agencies that responded to – or arrived at – the scene.

MONTGOMERY CREEK, Calif. — At least one person was injured after a solo-vehicle, rollover accident in the Montgomery Creek area this afternoon, Friday, Feb.12. The sedan burst into flames after overturning about 40 feet down a slight embankment along the side of the winding, two-lane mountain highway. The victim remained hospitalized as of Saturday afternoon, according to the man’s niece.

The crash, which happened after a near head-on traffic collision with another motorist who immediately stopped and called 911 to report the accident, happened on SR-299E, right at the Caltrans/Montgomery Creek traffic camera, about one and a half miles west of Big Bend Road.


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California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire-Shasta, Montgomery Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 3:40 p.m., after a witness called 911 and reported that a vehicle had gone off the roadway.

CHP’s incident log also indicated that Fall River Mills Fire Department personnel happened upon the scene shortly after the crash occurred and assisted other fire and rescue personnel with the accident.

A vehicle is towed from the scene of a fiery rollover wreck that left one person injured on SR-299E near Big Bend Road earlier this afternoon. Les Potter photo

According to a CHP incident log, the witness told emergency dispatchers that the vehicle had nearly struck her vehicle head-on before soaring off the roadway and overturning down an embankment.

The caller described seeing smoke, but no flames, pouring from the overturned vehicle, which was reported to be a black Cadillac.

However, about five minutes later several 911 callers updated that the overturned vehicle had caught fire and that flames were spreading to nearby vegetation.

Volunteers from the Montgomery Creek Volunteer Fire Department were the first to arrive at the scene and they along with other firefighters who responded to the crash made quick work extinguishing the blaze.

The fire-destroyed vehicle was later towed from the scene.


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One man was injured in the crash, according to CHP’s incident log and the victim was evaluated and treated at the scene by paramedics. He was later transported to an area hospital for further medical treatment, according to family members who have since said the accident happened after the driver’s vehicle suffered some sort of steering malfunction, leading to the fiery wreck.

The accident did not cause significant delays in travel times and the cause of the crash remains under investigation by CHP.

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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.


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