By Larry Judkins
Glenn County Observer
On Saturday, Sept. 10, The Observer reported on a major injury accident that occurred on County Road 9 (Wyo Road), east of Road QQ, late that morning.
Besides severely injuring the driver, the rollover crash also totaled the car and sheared off a power pole. Many homes in northern Glenn County lost their electricity for about 12 hours.
On Wednesday, The Glenn County Observer received a press release from the Willows Office of the California Highway Patrol concerning the incident. According to CHP Officer Rodney Pozzi, at about 11:10 a.m. on Saturday, Tommy Ray Davis, 18, of Chico, was driving a 2011 Toyota east on Road 9, east of Road QQ, at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle traveled to the left across the westbound lane and onto the left shoulder of Road 9. The front of the Toyota struck a PG&E power pole and sheared it off at the base and in a second spot about 15 feet up from the base.
The driver’s car rolled over and came to rest on its wheels, facing a westerly direction in a dirt field about 80 feet north of Road 9. The car sustained major damage, both to its front and rear ends.
The CHP’s release does not explicitly state that Davis was ejected from the car, but it does say that he was not wearing his seatbelts at the time of the accident. Also, the CHP traffic incident page from the time of the rollover said that Davis was reported to be in the roadway, and that he had a major head injury and was screaming.
According to the CHP’s news release, Davis suffered major injuries consisting of a possible broken back and broken neck. He was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.
Some former Orland residents who were at the hospital for an unrelated matter stated a couple of days later Davis was moved out of the intensive care unit.