UPDATED: Wednesday, June 3, 9:25 a.m.

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MONTGOMERY CREEK, Calif. — A Fresno woman injured in a solo-vehicle rollover crash late last night is recovering and doing much better, according to the victim’s brother.

The crash, which caused SR-299E to be partially closed with one-way traffic implemented, happened along a steep and notoriously dangerous section of the rural mountain highway called Potato Cut; near a runaway truck ramp between Webster Way and Woodhill Dr.

The victim’s brother, Danny Duren Sr., has since told SCNS that his sister was driving home to Fresno and had just dropped her daughter off at his residence just minutes before the crash occurred.

Saying the accident “could have been much worse,” Duren explained that his sister lost control while negotiating the tight curves along that section of highway and that his sister’s Chevy rolled at least three times before coming to rest on its roof.

Contacted for more information, a CHP representative said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.


Original Story

MONTGOMERY CREEK, Calif. — Officials are at the scene of a solo-vehicle rollover accident that happened in the Montgomery Creek area this evening, Tuesday, June 2.

A woman was injured in the crash, which occurred on a steep and notoriously dangerous section of SR-299E, between Webster Way and Woodhill Dr.

Although the crash caused the roadway to be partially closed with one-way traffic implemented, no significant delays were reported by area residents and late-night commuters.

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CHP and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly after 10 p..m., after receiving reports of a vehicle that overturned on the winding mountain highway, according to a CHP incident log and official radio traffic.

The 911 caller reported coming upon the accident and finding a woman outside her wrecked and overturned vehicle. The caller also reported the victim was injured and requested an ambulance and other emergency personnel respond to the scene.

Officials work at the scene of a vehicle that overturned on SR-299E that injured a driver this evening. Robin Montgomery/SCNS photo

When officials arrived they found a dark-colored Chevy Cobalt upside down on its roof with major damage. A firefighter at the scene advised the vehicle had rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.

An ambulance arrived at the scene around 10:40 p.m. and was still evaluating the injured driver at the time of this report.

It was not immediately known if the victim was transported to an area hospital and CHP is continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

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 29 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 16 grandchildren.