CHP reminds motor vehicle travelers about the importance of proper child safety seat positioning and staying focused on the road.

Mount Shasta Area California Highway Patrol units observed the engine and interior cab compartment of a commercial truck fully engaged in flames when they arrived on scene, northbound Interstate 5 south of Central Weed Thursday evening.

The driver, the only occupant, had exited the vehicle uninjured, according to information provided by CHP?public information officer Daniel Spafford.
He said CHP?units were dispatched to the fire just before 6 p.m. on March 29, 2012.

CAL?FIRE units responded to the scene and put out the fire; the trailer full of refrigerated foods was not damaged. Spafford said the fire is believed to have started from an unknown mechanical problem.

Five injured in Quartz Valley Drive accident

Five Fort Jones residents, including children ages 6, 7 and 9, were transported by ambulance to Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka Thursday morning after the car they were traveling in veered off of Quartz Valley Drive and into a large tree.

The 33 year old driver of the 1998 Nissan Sentra told authorities his attention was “diverted away from the road” when two dogs in the vehicle attacked each other, according to information from the California Highway Patrol Yreka Area news release.

Driver Andrew Armstrong, 31 year old Jamie Langdon, and the children ages 6 and 7 suffered moderate injuries, according to the CHP. The 9 year old suffered major injuries.

A CHP report said Armstrong was traveling northbound on Quartz Valley Drive, south of Quartz Valley road, at an unknown rate of speed when the accident occurred at 7:10 a.m. That’s about 30 miles south-west of Yreka and 11 miles west of Fort Jones.

Investigating officer P.B. Shadwell of the Yreka Area CHP noted in his report that the two younger children “were wearing seatbelts but were not properly restrained in a belt positioning booster seat as required by California state law.”

Shadwell’s report includes reminders to all motor vehicle travelers about the importance of proper child safety seat positioning and staying focused on the road:

•?“... all children under 8 years of age or less than four feet, nine inches in height are required to be in a belt positioning booster seat or other child safety seat when transported in a motor vehicle,” according to the report; and

•?“It is imperative that all drivers strictly maintain their focus on their driving and the roadway around their vehicle regardless of any distraction occurring within the interior of their vehicle,” said Officer Shadwell.