Two injured after truck crashes in wash tunnel under Menifee street

MENIFEE, Calif., — Two people were hospitalized after crashing their pickup truck into a concrete abutment in a rural wash in Menifee early this morning, Friday, Feb. 11. The high-speed impact, which happened under Sherman Road between Ethanac and McLaughlin roads, left both occupants trapped and injured inside the heavily damaged truck.


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Menifee police officers, Cal Fire – Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 5:16 a.m., after receiving reports of a solo-vehicle crash, Cal Fire reported in a social media release.

Firefighters and officers work at the scene of a major-injury crash in a Menifee wash early this morning. RVCNews photos

When officials arrived, they found a blue pickup that had crashed into one of several concrete abutments within a wash that passes under Sherman Road.

One of the occupants had already self-extricated from the wrecked vehicle and was treated for moderate injuries before being transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

The other occupant remained trapped, and firefighters performed a cut-and-rescue operation to free the victim from the pickup. That person was then transported to an area hospital with injuries Cal Fire described as serious.

Officials have not said what may have led to the crash or why the truck was traveling in the wash when the accident occurred.

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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.

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