Minor injuries reported after big rig and trailer overturn in Perris

PERRIS, Calif., — A truck driver was lucky to escape injuries after his big rig and trailer overturned in Perris Tuesday morning, April 19.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which happened at the intersection of Harley Knox Boulevard and Indian Avenue, according to officials.


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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station, Cal Fire – Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 9:30 a.m. after receiving reports that a tractor-trailer combo had overturned and crashed into a traffic signal.

Officers are seen discussing the circumstances that led to a tractor-trailer combo overturning in Perris on Tuesday morning. SoCal Law Enforcement & Public Safety Community News Group photo

When officials arrived, they located a big rig and trailer that had overturned within the intersection and found that the driver had already managed to climb out of the rig, which came to rest on its passenger side.

Although paramedics had responded to the call, they were called off after officials at the scene determined the driver had not suffered any serious injuries.

Evidence at the scene indicated the commercial vehicle had been traveling eastbound on Harley Knox Boulevard and was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Indian Avenue when the rig and trailer overturned; however, officials have not confirmed that or released any information about the crash.

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The intersection was closed for several hours while crews worked to right the rig and trailer back onto their wheels, but the roadway has since been reopened.

Officials have not said what may have caused the accident and their investigation is ongoing.

SoCal Law Enforcement & Public Safety Community News Group photos above, video below.

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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.