UPDATE: SR-299E reopened after crash near Hatchet Summit forces partial closure

UPDATED: Monday, Jan. 31, 12:08 p.m., With road closure update.

Originally Published: Monday, Jan. 30, 8:55 a.m.

HATCHET SUMMIT, Calif., — SR-299E has reopened after a traffic collision near Hatchet Summit, about eight miles west of the Intermountain area town of Burney, forced the partial closure of the two-lane mountain roadway this morning, Monday, Jan. 31. 


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California Highway Patrol and other emergency personnel were alerted to the accident around 8:20 a.m. after a woman called 911 to report the crash.

The victim told emergency dispatchers she hit her head in the collision, but she could not specify if she was further injured.

A traffic camera mounted near the summit showed a pickup truck blocking the highway, with traffic backing up on the westbound side of the highway. Caltrans District 2 image

At around 8:30 a.m., Caltrans District 2 reported that the westbound lane of the rural highway was left blocked by the accident and updated around 9 a.m. that one-way traffic control had been implemented.

Despite one-way traffic control easing congestion through the summit, some area residents reported minor delays in their travel times.

At around 9:53 a.m. and after the conclusion of the initial on-scene investigation, Caltrans updated that the highway had been reopened.  

CHP has not yet released any information as to what may have led to the crash or how many vehicles were involved, and their investigation is continuing.

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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.