UPDATE: Pit River Tribe family members, including four children, continuing to recover after Ingot head-on crash
INGOT, Calif. — Five family members, including a woman in her 60s and four children, ages 5 to 11, are continuing to recover after they were involved in a major-injury, head-on traffic collision while traveling on SR-299E in the unincorporated Shasta County community of Ingot on Tuesday morning, 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 near mile marker 43. A sixth person was also hospitalized after the collision, but all are expected to survive.
That crash was followed just days later by another accident along the same one-mile stretch of highway, involving a pickup truck that overturned last night. No injuries were reported after that accident.
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Officials who responded to the collision shortly before 11 a.m. found a total of six victims, including one from a pickup truck and five inside a blue SUV. Inside the SUV, firefighters and paramedics found a critically injured driver and four children. The critically injured woman was trapped inside the mangled wreckage of the SUV and firefighters had to perform a cut and rescue operation to free her from the wrecked vehicle.
The children’s injuries were described as multiple broken bones, potential internal injuries, facial and head lacerations, and other traumatic injuries, while no information about the other driver were immediately available.
Five members of a Pit River Tribe family were injured and are continuing to recover after Tuesday morning’s head-on crash along SR-299E near Ingot. Les Potter photos
Based on the number of victims and the severity of their injuries, officials declared a Mass Casualty Incident and advised Mercy Hospital to begin preparing for at least two Trauma Alert patients and several pediatric patients.
Two of the victims were then airlifted by helicopter to Mercy, where the other four victims were also transported by ground ambulances.
SEE ORIGINAL STORY: Six hospitalized after SR-299E head-on wreck near Ingot
Family members of the SUV’s occupants have since contacted SCNS with updates about their loved ones, who are continuing today to undergo surgeries and other procedures. They have also been keeping family, friends, and loved ones updated through an ongoing series of social media posts.
As of last night, the driver was continuing to undergo surgeries for two broken femurs and was continuing to receive treatment for multiple additional broken bones and other traumatic injuries. Despite the severity of her injuries, she was doing well and was expected to be released from the ICU soon.
One of the boys, who had been on the side of the vehicle impacted in the collision, underwent surgery for broken bones and other injuries to his left leg.
“Although lengthier than they hoped, it was successful,” family members said in one of their recent social media updates.
“He is stable and working with physical therapists,” they reported; adding that he was scheduled to be released yesterday.
Another of the young juveniles was later flown to UC Davis where she was continuing to receive treatment, while the other children had already been released from the hospital and were back home with family members.
“They just need prayers at this time and a little time to themselves to find out what is going on,” family members have said; asking for privacy as they continue to heal.
CHP is continuing to investigate the cause of Tuesday’s crash and have not released any further details regarding the collision.
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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.