Highway 29 Snarled For Hours By Log Truck Wreck
August 11, 2012
There were no serious injuries in an accident involving a log truck and four cars Friday afternoon in Cantonment, but there were serious traffic problems that delayed thousands of people.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 56-year old Clarence Ray Vaughn of Summerdale was traveling east on Muscogee Road in a 1999 Mack truck. When he attempted to turn southbound on Highway 29 about 2:45 p.m., his load shifted and the trailer rolled onto its side as multiple vehicles were headed north on Highway 29.
Logs from the trailer rolled into a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by 73-year old L.C. Brown of Cantonment, and into a 2004 Dodge Stratus driven by 59-year old Anite Duff of Cantonment. The logs pushed Duff’s vehicle into a 2001 Buick driven by 58-year old Willie McQueen of Molino. And a screw from the log trailer struck and broke the windshield of a 2006 Chevrolet driven by 24-year old Trent Altman of McDavid.
Duff suffered minor injuries and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola with minor injuries. No others involved in the accident were injured, according to the FHP.
Vaughn, the truck driver, was cited for careless driving.
The accident shut down all four lanes of Highway 29 for a short time and continued to cause traffic backups for hours. At times, northbound traffic was backed up about two miles — all the way back to Archer Road.
Pictured: A log truck accident Friday afternoon on Highway 29 just south of the Muscogee Road intersection. Reader submitted photos by Angel Lathan (inset), Nicole Snyder (below) and others, click to enlarge.