Traffic fatality on Lookout Rd near
The blazing vehicle
Sunday, Sept 11, 2005, County Rd. 97, 2 mi. North of Bieber
Copyright 2005 BigValleyNews.net
At 8:06 PM a Modoc ambulance transporting a woman and an infant with
minor injuries from a traffic accident near Lookout Dump Rd. called
Modoc County dispatch by radio with emergency traffic. They had
come on scene of a vehicle which hit a power pole and was fully
involved in flame.
Bieber Fire, CDF Fire Modoc Ambulance CHP and others responded to
the incident. The vehicle was unrecognizable until the fire was
extinguished and it could be identified as a white pickup truck.
As the pictures show, the vehicle was upside down and wrapped around a
power pole. The pole appeared not to be damaged but had been
A body was ejected from the vehicle and was located about 50 feet
from the vehicle.
It is unknown at this time if there was only one victim. I
will contact CHP to get more details as they are released.
Update Monday 8:00 AM:
The name of the victim, Robert Pauley, of Lookout, was
released on the CHP website early this morning.
Robert Pauley was the recently retired Fire Chief of Lookout Fire
Dept. and was known to hear the page for the accident involving the
woman and infant mentioned above. He was responding to the
incident in his private vehicle when his vehicle went out of control
and hit the power pole. Mr. Pauley was also the on site manager for Big Valley
Power L.L.C, the electric co-generation plant in Bieber.
Firemen arrive to extinguish the flames.
The truck has been wrapped around the pole, The white patch
(above right) is the covered body of a victim.
The following is the accident report
from the CHP live website at cad.chp.ca.gov
info as of: 9/11/2005 8:49:06 PM
11:11PM-1039 PETERSON - HE WAS NOTIFIED
11:07PM-1039 KENNEMORE - NO ANS
11:05PM-1039 WATERS - LEFT MESG
11:05PM-LASSEN RDS LOUIS KENNEMORE 310-2682 BART LENIHAN 254-6282
RUSSEL HEWETT 257-2387 JIM WATERS 294-5892 HES BEIBER
11:03PM-NEED ETA FROM TVT
11:00PM-NOTIFY LASSEN CO RDS
8:41PM-1039 TVT - ADVSD OF ALL INFO
8:37PM-100 OFF ROADWAY - SLIGHTLY SLOPING BUT NOT MUCH
8:37PM-PLZ START EVIDENCE TOW -- WILL BE ABOUT 2 HRS BEFORE WE WE
BE READY TO REMOVE - WRAPPED AROUND POWER POLE, IN A U-SHAPE AND
COMPLETELY BURNED - FB
8:18PM-PER MODOC CO SO, CORONER HAS BEEN REQ D
8:15PM-ADEN FIRE IS 1097
8:15PM-PER MODOC CO SO, COUNTY RD 91 2 MILES JNO BIEBER IN LASSEN
8:07PM-VEH ON FIRE -- FULLY ENGULFED
8:06PM-PER SUSANVILLE, POSS 1144
8:06PM-MODOC COUNTY ROAD 91 - PAVED ROAD
8:06PM-VEH VS POWER POLE - VEH POSS STILL OCCUPIED
RESPONING OFFICERS STATUS
8:24PM-CHP Unit Enroute
8:32PM-CHP Unit On Scene
8:37PM-CHP Unit Enroute