Two Seriously Injured In Highway 97 Crash (With Photo Gallery)

September 29, 2011

Three people — including a child — were injured in crash between a SUV and a piece of machinery Thursday afternoon on Highway 97 near Walnut Hill.

Witnesses said  22-year old Brittany Tutton hit a loader after the equipment driver pulled into her path on Highway 97  south of West Highway 4 about 2:30 Thursday afternoon. The SUV overturned, coming to rest on its side on Highway 97. Tutton was seriously injured, while her passenger, a 3-year old Maddix, received minor injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.  Maddix was treated and released.

The elderly driver of the piece of equipment, Sam Tichi of Walnut Hill, was seriously injured and transported to Baptist Hospital by LifeFlight.

The crash remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. Further details have not yet been released.

The Walnut Hill, Century and McDavid stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, the Atmore Fire Department, Atmore Ambulance and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

For a photo gallery from the scene, click here.

Pictured above: Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free a 22-year woman from this SUV after she collided with a piece of equipment (pictured below) crossing Highway 97. The occupant of the equipment was transported to Baptist Hospital by LifeFlight (inset). photos, click to enlarge.


26 Responses to “Two Seriously Injured In Highway 97 Crash (With Photo Gallery)”

  1. Neighbor on October 11th, 2011 9:54 am

    I got word this morning that Mr. Tichi died this morning. Pray for the family.

  2. Ms.Driver on October 11th, 2011 9:12 am

    As of this morning Mr. Tichi did not make it. Please keep their family in your thought and prayers.

  3. Lynn on October 4th, 2011 12:07 am

    Mr. Tichi is still in ICU. His left side is broken: all ribs, shoulder and shoulder blade. My prayers are with all involved. He has a long road to recovery as I’m sure everyone does. What is the speed limit there?

  4. Janice Parker on October 3rd, 2011 8:11 am

    For those of you who don’t know: Patrol officer told Brittany’s mom that Britt did everything right. Both were strapped in, The bobcat ran out in the road right in front of her, she slammed on brakes and couldn’t stop. He said it was completely unavoidable on Britt’s part. As far as I know, Mr. Tichi is on the mend.

  5. peggy on October 3rd, 2011 7:10 am

    how is Mr. Sam Tichi doing

  6. vicky jeter on September 30th, 2011 4:29 pm

    so glad to hear that britt and maddix will be ok! still prayin for ya’ll! love ya!

  7. Margaret Pack on September 30th, 2011 10:21 am

    I want to know how Mr. Tichi is doing. I worked for them and am concerned. I hope the news will print another update here.

  8. Lacy Pace on September 30th, 2011 8:00 am

    Prayers for you Brittany. You are a strong girl…My heart goes out to you and your family during all this. Prayers also go out to Mr. Tichi.

  9. Praying on September 30th, 2011 7:43 am

    As of 10:00 last night driver of SUV was still in emergency surgery.
    Keep praying

  10. Baebae on September 30th, 2011 5:28 am

    YET ANOTHER Hwy 97 wreck…will it ever end ? I will be praying for the injuredb

  11. Red Shirt on September 29th, 2011 11:56 pm

    Thank God everyone will be okay. It didn’t look like it at the scene. To the motorist in traffic who asked if it was a White SUV, I am so sorry – the damage was so bad it looked like a minivan. Until EMS arrived we were concentrating on the injured.

  12. EMD on September 29th, 2011 11:51 pm

    Praying for healing, and against pain and infection for all.

  13. Geneva Parish on September 29th, 2011 10:37 pm

    We were on our way home from Pensacola, it is a miracle that no one way killed. The suv was destroyed. Praying for everyone/

  14. skyla on September 29th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Love you, Britt. Haven’t stopped praying for you yet. Gods in the miracle business, have faith. Love you, thinking of you, and praying for you. Ill be there to see you shortly!

  15. 429SCJ on September 29th, 2011 9:01 pm

    Please carry them through Lord.

  16. Dola on September 29th, 2011 7:40 pm

    I hope she and the baby are ok!!!!!! And wow, that’s the second time I’ve seen a vehicle in that position almost in my Grannies front yard!

  17. drtrdsport on September 29th, 2011 7:27 pm

    .the baby is fine, and the young driver is recovering in the hospital. please keep these 2 families in your prayers.

  18. rhonda on September 29th, 2011 6:49 pm

    Well our neice has two shattered vertabrates in her neck and a gash in her head and god knows what else! The baby is ok she has been released.

  19. Age on September 29th, 2011 6:20 pm

    Praying that injuries are minor for Mother & Child and for a speedy recovery.
    Prayers for the elderly man as well.

  20. rhonda cannon on September 29th, 2011 5:53 pm

    This is my husbands neice and the baby is his great neice! From what we have heard so far they are ok. We will not know for sure until they have been thoroughly checked out by medical staff.

  21. Kelsey Tutton on September 29th, 2011 5:35 pm

    The woman and child are my sister and niece.. I am headed to the hospital now.. praying for them!

  22. Driver on September 29th, 2011 5:04 pm

    I saw the SUV on my way home. It looked terrible. Praying for all involved.

  23. worried on September 29th, 2011 4:05 pm

    How badly was Mr. Tichi? I hope he and the drive of the SUV will be OK. There have been way too many wreaks on 97 lately I think they need to drop the speed limit and start writing tickets for texting while driving, speeding, etc.

  24. Bratt mom on September 29th, 2011 3:49 pm

    Praying for all involved!

  25. vircarious on September 29th, 2011 3:31 pm

    wow !!!!! again !!!!Hope everyone is ok.

  26. me on September 29th, 2011 3:30 pm

    just saw life flight fly over! knew there had to have been a bad accident somewhere up here! praying everyone will ok!!

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