CHP: Water truck crashes into tree Monday in Redwood Valley, driver injured


    A water truck fell onto its side and slid into a tree Monday on West Road in Redwood Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

    At around 10:40 a.m., 33-year-old Matthew Black of Lakeport was driving a 1991 Kenworth water truck eastbound on West Road near Road N. For an unknown reason, Black allowed the right side tires of the Kenworth to travel onto the right shoulder of the roadway, the CHP said. He initiated a series of steering movements in an attempt to regain control of the truck, which began to swerve in and out of the eastbound lane.

    The truck then rolled onto its right side, at which time it slid onto the right shoulder of the roadway. The Kenworth collided with a tree and two fences before coming to rest on the south shoulder of West Road on its ride side, facing west.

    The CHP Redwood Valley Fire and Verihealth ambulance responded to the collision. Black sustained moderate injuries. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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