Six injured after vehicle careens off Hwy 79 while traveling through Lamb Canyon
BEAUMONT, Calif., — Authorities say six people were hospitalized after a vehicle careened off Hwy 79 south of Beaumont Tuesday morning, Feb. 15.
Initial and unconfirmed early reports from the scene indicated several people may have been ejected from the small passenger vehicle as it overturned multiple times down a steep and rocky embankment while traveling through Lamb Canyon, just south of the county dump.
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California Highway Patrol – San Gorgonio Pass, Cal Fire – Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly after 7:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a rollover crash down an embankment with multiple subjects possibly ejected, according to a CHP incident log.
When officials arrived, they found a gold 2-door coupe that had tumbled down the embankment, with numerous other vehicles stopped at the scene and good Samaritans attempting to help provide aid and comfort to the multiple victims.
Firefighters work at the scene of this morning’s rollover crash with reported ejections. Cal Fire – Riverside photo
Officials confirmed finding a total of six victims and began evaluating and treating their injuries in preparation for transport.
Due to the steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain where the accident occurred, firefighters set up a low angle rope system to facilitate the victims’ rescues from the side of the mountain and spent the next hour bringing the injured back up to the roadway so they could be transported to various local hospitals.
All six victims were eventually rescued, and Cal Fire later described their injuries as ranging from minor to serious.
While officials worked at the scene they called for the partial closure of the southbound number 2 lane of the highway, which caused a traffic nightmare for morning commuters, with significant delays in travel times reported.
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CHP has not yet released any information about the cause of this accident or if any other vehicles were involved in the crash and their investigation is ongoing.
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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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