Local man, 24, killed after big rig overturns onto sedan in San Jacinto
UPDATED: Saturday, April 9, 4:05 p.m., With additional details from CHP.
Originally Published: Friday, April 8, 8:40 a.m.
SAN JACINTO, Calif., — One person was killed and two others were injured after a tractor-trailer combo overturned onto a passenger sedan before sheering a power pole in an unincorporated area just northeast of San Jacinto yesterday morning, Thursday, April 7.
The deadly crash, which happened near the Golden Era Golf Course in the area of Gilman Springs and Soboba roads, forced the hours-long closure of Gilman Springs Road, according to officials.
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California Highway Patrol and Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Cal Fire – Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 9:50 a.m., after receiving reports of a rollover crash with entrapment, according to a Cal Fire social media release.
When officials arrived, they found a white big rig towing a trailer with a shipping container that had overturned onto a black Toyota.
Firefighters and work crews spent several hours working at the scene of yesterday morning’s deadly rollover accident that left a San Jacinto man dead. Eddie George / Hemet News photos
Firefighters updated finding three victims and began a cut and rescue operation to free the trio of injured occupants from their vehicles; however, rescue efforts were slowed due to a sheared power pole that was left dangling precariously over the two wrecked vehicles.
Two of the victims were transported to an area hospital with injuries Cal Fire described as minor to moderate, while the third could not immediately be extricated and ultimately passed away at the scene. Although it was not immediately clear which of the two involved vehicles the deceased victim had been in when the collision occurred, CHP has since said it was the driver of the big rig who was killed in the crash.
The Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has identified Diego Correa, 24, of San Jacinto, as the person who succumbed to their injuries. A Coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased by paramedics at 10:16 a.m.
Crews spent the next several hours working to right the overturned big rig and trailer along with the trailer’s shipping container and the roadway was re-opened around 11:30 a.m.
CHP has not yet released any details regarding what may have led to the fatal accident and their investigation is continuing.
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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.
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.