Three hospitalized after Temecula head-on collision that left two victims trapped

TEMECULA, Calif., — Authorities say three people were injured, including two who were left trapped, after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Temecula Wednesday afternoon, April 27.

The accident, which reportedly left two victims with major injuries and forced the partial closure of the roadway, happened at the intersection of Joseph and Nicholas roads, just east of Highway 79, according to officials.


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California Highway Patrol officers and Southwest Sheriff’s Station deputies, along with Cal Fire – Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 3:50 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of a head-on crash with entrapment.

Firefighters work at the scene of yesterday’s head-on crash that left three people injured. Cal Fire – Riverside photo

When officials arrived, they located two involved vehicles, both of which sustained major front-end damage, and were left partially blocking the roadway.

While officers began investigating the cause of the crash and deputies began diverting traffic away from the scene, firefighters worked to extricate the injured trio from their two vehicles.

After freeing the trapped and injured occupants, all three were transported to area hospitals. Their injuries ranged from moderate to major, according to Cal Fire.

Although both CHP officers and county sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, CHP will be handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Their investigation is ongoing, and no further details have been released.

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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.