TRINITY, Calif. - Four people from Nevada were injured Friday after a car carrying them rolled over several times down a mountainside in the Trinity River area.
According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), at around 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, a GMC SUV with four occupants including a 3-year-old, was traveling on SR 36 just west of Wildwood Road on a wet road in the rain.
For reasons still under investigation, the driver, 29-year-old Randal Bowman Jr. of Sun Valley, Nev. lost control of the GMC on the winding mountain road, causing the SUV to run off the road and down a steep mountainside. The vehicle rolled over several times, according to CHP.
According to officials, Bowman was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and was ejected from the GMC. He sustained major injuries as a result: a broken femur and face lacerations. He was flown to Mercy Hospital in Redding.
The three passengers were all transported by Trinity County Life Support to Mercy Hospital after complaining of pain, abrasions and lacerations. CHP reported that the three passengers, 30-year-old Rebecca Pacheco, 3-year-old Ryan Pacheco and 30-year-old Sheri Chamblin all sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident.
Rebecca Pacheco of Reno, Nev. experienced lacerations to her face and was complaining of neck and back pain, according to CHP. 3-year-old Ryan Pacheco experienced abrasions to his face, and Sheri Chamblin of Sparks, Nev. suffered a contusion to the right side of her head, CHP said.