SR-299E re-opened after overturned big rig, spilled lumber, cause six hour cleanup

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 22, 9:26 p.m., With road closure update, additional details.

Originally Published: Tuesday, June 22, 5:46 p.m.

BELLA VISTA, Calif. — SR-299E has just re-opened and details are beginning to emerge after a flat-bed tractor-trailer combo carrying lumber overturned, dumping lumber across and partially blocking the two-lane mountain highway, earlier today. Tuesday, June 22.

The minor injury rollover crash, which happened approximately two miles west of Oak Run Road, between Bella Vista and Round Mountain, caused intermittent one-way traffic control, while officials spend about six hours righting the overturned big rig and simultaneously cleaning up and hauling away all the spilled lumber. Despite the cleanup and one-way traffic control, area residents reported minimal delays in travel times.

Witnesses to the crash’s aftermath have since told SCNS the load of lumber was being transported from nearby Sierra Pacific Industries in Burney, about 28 miles east of the crash site.

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California Highway Patrol, CAL FIRE-Shasta, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 2:40 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of a rollover crash involving a sole big rig. According to a CHP incident log, several callers reported the rig had caught fire.

About fifteen minutes later, while emergency crews were still headed to the scene, a CALTRANS supervisor reported one of their stripping crews had stopped at the scene of the crash and reported the overturned rig had not caught on fire but was smoking. The crew also reported that vehicle parts and lumber were strewn across the westbound side of the highway, with the debris leaving both directions of travel unsafe for immediate use.

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In video captured by passing motorists and later shared to social media and SCNS, (one of which can be seen below), more than a half-dozen workers could be seen cleaning up the large load of lumber spilled across SR-299E near Oak Run Road earlier today. Lyn Spencer and Les Potter photos and images

Within minutes, CALTRANS District Two put out a social media release warning drivers that one-way traffic control had been implemented due to the collision.

At about the same time, a CHP officer at the scene requested that HAZ-MAT and the Office of Emergency Services be notified regarding an approximate ten gallon spill of diesel fuel onto the dirt shoulder along the side of the highway.

Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center (ENTAC) and Highway Emergency & Weather Advisory Bulletin (HEWAB) notifications regarding the collision were also made, with electronic message boards both above and below the crash being activated.

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Work to begin righting the overturned big rig began around 5 p.m., at which time both directions of travel were temporarily stopped. The rig and trailer were righted in just fifteen minutes, at which time one-way traffic control was re-implemented.

Cleanup and removal of the lumber took several more hours, with work finishing around 8:35 p.m., at which time CALTRANS updated that both lanes of travel were re-opened.

Contacted for more information about this accident, CHP was not immediately available for comment, but an official did confirm that the investigation is being handled by their Redding area office and that their investigation is continuing.

Les Potter video



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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