Six hospitalized after SR-299E head-on wreck near Ingot

INGOT, Calif., — Six people were hospitalized, including a woman in her 60s who was critically injured and was one of two victims who were airlifted to area hospitals, after a two-vehicle, head-on wreck in the unincorporated Shasta County community of Ingot yesterday morning, Tuesday, July 27.

The major-injury accident, which was declared a Mass Casualty Incident and forced the hours-long closure of the two-lane mountain roadway that connects Redding and Burney, happened on SR-299E, near mile marker 43.

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California Highway Patrol and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, along with CAL FIRE and other area fire and rescue agencies, were dispatched to the scene at 10:53 a.m. after a passing motorist came upon the wreck, according to a CHP incident log and official radio traffic at the time. 

The caller reported numerous victims at the scene, including four children, and told emergency dispatchers that the driver of one of the vehicles was critically injured and trapped inside the mangled wreckage of her SUV.

Based on the circumstances and number of reported victims, three ground ambulances were initially requested to the scene and a life-flight chopper was placed on stand-by.

A woman in her 60s and four children from an SUV and the driver of a pickup truck were all injured and hospitalized after a head-on collision in the Ingot area yesterday morning. Les Potter photos

When officials began arriving they reported finding two heavily-damaged vehicles, described as a blue SUV with five occupants and an older model, light-colored pickup truck with one occupant. Firefighters also confirmed finding the driver of the SUV, reportedly a woman in her 60s, critically injured and trapped inside her wrecked vehicle. Officials also reported that four juveniles had been in the SUV and that all were injured.

Both directions of travel were left blocked after the crash, that left debris and vehicle parts scattered across both lanes and CalTrans reported that the highway had been closed until further notice.

Officials immediately began requesting additional resources to the scene, including heavy-duty extrication equipment and other specialized tools, as well as two more ground ambulances, an air ambulance and a CHP helicopter.

Officials also declared a Mass Casualty Incident and advised Mercy Hospital to begin preparing for at least two Trauma Alert patients and several pediatric patients.

With Golden Bear established as the primary landing zone and the Ingot wrecking yard just west of the collision established as a secondary landing zone, firefighters began working to extricate the critically injured SUV driver. Simultaneously, paramedics began evaluating and treating the other driver and four children that had been inside the SUV when the crash occurred.

CHP’s H-16 soon landed at the scene and transported the critically injured woman to Mercy, after she was successfully extricated from her SUV.

Radio traffic at the time indicated that four juveniles were injured in the accident and all were hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries. Scanner traffic indicated the victims were an 11-year-old with pelvic and lower back pain, an 8-year-old boy who had been on the side of the impact with a suspected left femur fracture and other traumatic injuries, a 7-year-old with minor injuries with abrasions, and a 5-year-old girl with a scalp laceration and other minor injuries.

CalTrans later updated that both lanes had been reopened to traffic around 12:45 p.m.

Contacted for more information about yesterday’s accident, CHP confirmed the collision investigation was continuing and that more details about the crash would be available tomorrow.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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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