SAGE: Family of 5 unharmed in rollover accident on Sage Rd.

A work truck with a family of five inside it rolled on a winding portion of Sage Rd. after blowing a tire. Mary Romo photo
A work truck with a family of five inside it rolled on a winding portion of Sage Rd. after blowing a tire. Freda Romo photo

SAGE – A family – including two adults and three children – who were driving home from a day of family fun out target shooting was involved in a rollover traffic accident on Sage Road south of Wade Lane Sept. 18.

When the white work truck lost control, it caused a second truck travelling the opposite direction to veer out of its path. After swerving to avoid the work truck, the green Ford Ranger hit a telephone pole along the dirt shoulder of the roadway.

A sheriff deputy who happened to be travelling on Sage Road came upon the two accident scenes at about 4:27 p.m., before anyone had a chance to call 911 to report the accidents.

California Highway Patrol was called to the scene to handle the accident investigation.

A preliminary investigation revealed the white work truck was being driven northbound when the driver reportedly lost control on a curve after blowing a tire.

A sheriff's deputy happened upon the accident scene before anyone had even called 911 to report the rollover. Mary Romo photo
A sheriff’s deputy happened upon the accident scene before anyone had even called 911 to report the rollover. Freda Romo photo

When the first truck lost control on the curve it crossed into the wrong lanes of traffic. The green Ford Ranger pickup truck traveling southbound was forced to swerve out of the way of the out of control truck, where it hit a telephone pole.

Both wrecked trucks ended up just south of Wade Lane. The white work truck rolled over onto it’s roof, ending up facing the wrong way in traffic on the southbound dirt shoulder of the roadway. The Ford Ranger ended up a short distance away, where it smashed head-on into the telephone pole.

A green Ford Ranger swerved out of the way of the out of control work truck and ended up smashing head-on into a telephone pole. Mary Romo photo
A green Ford Ranger swerved out of the way of the out of control work truck and ended up smashing head-on into a telephone pole. Freda Romo photo

Freda Romo, who lives nearby the accident scene, said she heard the two crashes and saw smoke and dirt that had been kicked up by the two separate accidents. She rushed to the scene to see if there was anything she could do to help.

By the time Romo arrived, everyone was crawling out of the rolled vehicle. None of the family from the rolled truck were injured.

“I did not witness the accidents, but I heard the impacts and ran outside and saw smoke,” Romo said. “I went down to where the accidents were and by that time the occupants were out of truck.”

“I was amazed,” Romo explained. “Nobody was hurt. There were no injuries at all; not even a scratch.”

“All I could think was ‘Thank God,'” Romo said.

One of the young occupants crawls out from the wreckage of the rolled work truck. Mary Romo photo
One of the young occupants crawls out from the wreckage of the rolled work truck. Freda Romo photo

Romo cautioned other motorists who travel the same road saying, “I’ve seen other accidents on this curve and it’s usually due to speed.”

“People really need to slow down on these curves,” Romo said

The white work truck sustained moderate damage and had to be towed from the scene. The green ford Ranger sustained minor front end damage and was able to drive away.

Anyone who witnessed this accident or who has information about the incident is encouraged to contact California Highway Patrol officials from the Indio area office at (760) 772-8911. Callers can remain anonymous.

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