Driver Unidentified in Fiery Fatal Crash
At approximately 0950 hours [yesterday], United States Forest Service and Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a smoke check on Eastside Rd, approx 11.4 miles east of SR-3. Upon arrival, they discovered a vehicle was on fire and was completely consumed. The fire had spread to adjacent brush and fire personnel spent several minutes extinguishing the flames. Once the fire had been knocked down, fire fighters found a person deceased behind the wheel of a 2003 Toyota Pickup. It was apparent the Toyota had ran off of the road and crashed prior to catching fire.
The California Highway Patrol and Trinity County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and the CHP subsequently assumed control of the collision investigation. It was determined the Toyota pickup was traveling Eastside Rd westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and struck several trees, before bursting into flames. The driver of the Toyota suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. At this time the driver remains unidentified. There were no witnesses to the collision or subsequent fire. The investigation is still ongoing.