Construction worker seriously injured after pinned under vehicle that crashed into utility trench

REDDING, Calif. — A 57-year-old construction worker was seriously injured in Redding after a wrong-way driver plowed through a construction fence and crashed into an open utility trench, crushing and trapping the employee underneath her vehicle Monday afternoon, June 28.

The accident occurred at the intersection of California and Yuba streets after a woman became confused and drove the wrong way down California Street before crashing through a fence separating workers from passing, one-way only traffic.


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City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene at 1:33 p.m. after a patrol officer witnessed the accident, Redding Police Traffic Unit Corporal Michael DiMatteo later said of the major-injury traffic collision.

Officials discovered that after crashing through the fence and driving into a utility trench the vehicle, a 2014 Toyota Camry driven by a 39-year-old Anderson woman, had come to rest on top of a Yuba City construction worker.

Although a driver who crashed through a construction fence and drove into an open utility trench was uninjured, a 57-year-old Yuba City worker was seriously injured after he was left trapped under the Anderson woman’s car. Redding Police Department photo

“The construction worker was pinned by the vehicle inside a utility trench at the location and was freed by emergency medical personnel,” explained DiMatteo.

The seriously injured construction worker was rushed by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where he is continuing to receive treatment for his injuries.

Members of Redding PD’s Traffic Unit responded to the scene and conducted an investigation into the cause of the collision.

Their preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the Toyota was stopped on eastbound Yuba Street at the intersection of California Street when she proceeded to make a left turn onto California Street, “not realizing that this portion of California Street is open to southbound traffic only,” said DiMatteo.

When the driver swerved to avoid oncoming traffic she drove through a chain link construction fence, striking a construction worker inside the fenced area, before driving into the trench and pinning the worker under her vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this collision or who witnessed the accident and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department Traffic Unit at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R042600 and can reman anonymous.

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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.