Authorities found a pickup truck along with the driver and dog in a creek Thursday morning. The 27-year-old from Burney was headed eastbound on Highway 299 when she veered off the road due to unknown causes. It was sent down a 200-foot ravine, and landed in the frigid waters 2-3 feet deep. The driver escaped from the truck, but she was forced to leave her dog behind. Crews rescued the dog four hours later by the combined efforts of the Trinity River hand crews, Montgomery Creek volunteer firefighters, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Shasta County Fire Department, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Emergency Rescue Dive Team and the California Highway Patrol.
According to news reports, the crash is under investigation, but weather at the time may have been a factor, including wind gusts of up to 49mph. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m glad no one was hurt more seriously when her car crashed into a ravine. If you or a loved one were injured in a collision caused by recklessness of another driver, consult with a car accident attorney Los Angeles regarding your case.