Two search and rescue volunteers recovering after car accident
REDDING, Calif. —
Clayton Chaney and Rob Talbot are both recovering after being involved in a serious car accident, after a search and rescue assignment in Mendocino County.
Chaney and Talbot are both volunteers for the Shasta County Search and Rescue Mountain Team.
On April 15th, the team was called in to help with a search of a missing family, whose car plunged off Highway 101, into a river.
"Rob and I were driving back and went off the road, hooked a guardrail," Chaney said.
The truck rolled over and landed on its roof.
Chaney said he was able to help Talbot, who was unconscious.
"My shoulder was pinned between the roof of the vehicle and the window on the driver's side door, so I didn't have use of my left arm," Chaney said. "My right arm was fully free, so I was able to reach down, unrestrain myself, unbuckle my seat belt, switch my hips a little bit to the right and was able to aid Rob with my right hand."
Both Chaney and Talbot were extricated and both were seriously injured.
Chaney suffered from two rib fractures and two spinal fractures. He was taken to a hospital in Willits, in Mendocino County during the accident but is now at home recovering with his wife Annalisa and his two children.
Talbot was flown to a hospital in Santa Rosa and is currently there for further treatment.
"A lot of concern for Rob and a lot of concern for just kind of what I put the team through you know? All the worry and what not. My wife through all the worry and just the recovery has been painful," Chaney said.
The members of the search team set up a Gofundme page for Talbot and Chaney as they continue to both recover from their injuries.
"It was pretty flattering and really humbling to see how my teammates and the Shasta County Sheriff's department all teamed up and you know, the support I've gotten from them has been extremely humbling," Chaney said. "You don't how many people care until something goes sideways."