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Three men suffer minor injuries after CHP car collides with garbage truck


Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
Updated 12/9/2011

A collision between a California Highway Patrol car and a garbage truck sent three men to the hospital with minor injuries Thursday, Dec. 8.

All three were checked out at Eastern Plumas Health Care and released following the 10 a.m. crash on Highway 70 near Beckwourth.

The accident was still under investigation as of Friday, Dec. 9, when the CHP allowed a Feather Publishing reporter to view the in-car video showing the moments leading up to the collision.

According to the CHP report, an InterMountain Disposal (IMD) truck, driven by Travis Schiavone, of Portola, was attempting to cross Highway 70 from North Industrial Way.

After stopping to let traffic clear, Schiavone attempted to cross the highway. He told the CHP that he didn’t see Officer Matt McCurley’s eastbound patrol car.

McCurley, who was the fourth in a line of vehicles, appeared to be traveling near the posted speed limit of 65 miles an hour prior to the collision. The video indicated the patrol car was about 100 to 150 feet behind the car in front of it.

McCurley reportedly told an investigator that he was “looking away” just prior to the crash. There were no skid marks from the patrol car before it hit the right rear of the trash truck.

The impact smashed the front of the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car and caused the garbage truck to lean to the left, lifting its right wheels off the ground.

The truck traveled southbound through the intersection about 60 feet before it overturned on its left side.

According to CHP spokesman James Stowe, Schiavone said he didn’t realize there had been a collision and wondered why the truck was leaning.

McCurley, Schiavone and a passenger in the IMD truck, Levi Scott, were transported to the hospital for evaluation and released the same day.

McCurley sustained minor back injuries. Schiavone had neck pain, and Scott had minor knee pain.

“We are just glad everyone is OK,” said IMD spokeswoman Tanya Ross-Ward. “That is our main concern. It was pretty scary.”

Ross-Ward said IMD mechanics were trying to determine the extent of damage to the truck. Stowe said the patrol car was totaled.

No citations were issued at the scene, but Stowe said the IMD truck “clearly made an inappropriate crossing of the highway.”

He said video from the camera inside the patrol car was being evaluated.

Stowe added that the investigation includes statements from the driver of the vehicle that was directly in front of the patrol car going the same direction. He said the driver of a car traveling the opposite direction also witnessed the crash.

 

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It would be wise to allow the investigation to be completed before passing any judgement or ideas about the incident. If I were involved I would hope people would grant me that courtesy.
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Craig,<br /> I do read,thx for asking! I also read in the same article that he was the 4th in line AND he was at LEAST 100-150 feet behind the 3rd...Leanne has the SAME info u had, so I guess she reads as well!A REPORTER SAW the video and reported what he saw!!!!! STILL u wern't there!!!
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Kristen Schiavone Monday, 12 December 2011
I love this community but sometimes gossip gets out of control.PLEASE focus on your families this holiday season. PLEASE hug your loved ones.Let’s celebrate and remember all the loved ones lost in a vehicle accident then praise God we are not trying to get through another tragedy.
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Kristen Schiavone Monday, 12 December 2011
(wife of driver)I heard there wasn't video but others claim to have seen it? I’m sorry to hear of CHP officers who have added to the gossip. I am shocked that friends have told me how it happened! I heard both driver statements and saw the scene and I sure don’t have any answers.
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Just commenting on the article...If the CHP unit was a 4th behind 3 others...then what happened to the other 3?
<br />.<br />Huh? That doesn't make sense Craig. That definitely sounds like a Sgt. Fox story, just prior to the Form 8.
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Thanks for the clarification LeAnn...that makes sense. Apparently you are privy to first hand reports...that's interesting in and of itself.
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He was over 100 feet behind the other cars - that means the garbage truck pulled out immediately after the third car and in front of the CHP. To the other poster - if he was traveling 100mph, don't you think the car would have been obliterated? You haven't seen the video, and you weren't there.
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Just commenting on the article...If the CHP unit was a 4th behind 3 others...then what happened to the other 3? Pretty reasonable question based on the comment in the article... Read much? THAT'S what I thought!
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"...fourth in a line of vehicles"...the first 3 must have driven under, over or right through the garbage truck without anyone noticing. That's some cool driving.
<br />Hey Craig, just a question or two...were u there? did u see the video? THAT'S what I thought!!!!!!!!!
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"...fourth in a line of vehicles"...the first 3 must have driven under, over or right through the garbage truck without anyone noticing. That's some cool driving.
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Thanks Jessica! I believe the "witess" was NEVER there!
<br />Guess I was upset, need to learn my own spelling...Witness...<br />BTW...how about we care about all involved!<br />Merry Christ*mas
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"IMD spokeswoman"<br /><br />It's spokesperson. Spokeswoman is a dated and sexist term.
<br /><br /><br />Actually I find the word "spokesperson" rather demeaning and offensive. I would rather be called a spokesman and if I were a woman, a spokeswoman.
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"IMD spokeswoman"<br /><br />It's spokesperson. Spokeswoman is a dated and sexist term.
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Thanks Jessica! I believe the "witess" was NEVER there!
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I heard from a witness that the CHP unit was traveling at least 100mph just before the accident.
<br />.<br />That sounds like a Sgt. Fox story.
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If the CHP unit was forth in a line of vehicles prior to the accident how could he possibly be traveling at 100mph?
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I heard from a witness that the CHP unit was traveling at least 100mph just before the accident. I wonder what story is going to be reported defending the need to travel at that rate of speed. Any vehicle would pull out in front of any car traveling that fast.
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This accident is under investigation.Some of the statements made in this article are haven't been fully investigated by your reporters.I expect that once you have more information you will correct your reporting.
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