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.



Comments

15 Responses to “Highway 29 Snarled For Hours By Log Truck Wreck”

  1. CF on August 13th, 2012 2:15 pm

    Very sad indead for guys with the sad thing of making deadlines….
    Maybe next tme they can make this run with better mileage, with
    out this kind of problem?

  2. Jane on August 11th, 2012 7:56 pm

    All the VWs going to Jimmy’s Grill in Molino were tied up in the traffic jam for about 45 minutes…and these are the older air cooled engines. Poor VWs!

  3. martie on August 11th, 2012 4:03 pm

    Please, also remember that every time you call the police for a speeder, that police officer may be on a really importannt call. A fire, a mugging,ect… Make sure you have a good reason to call the cops. Not just because you are in a bad mood, had a bad day,ect…

  4. martie on August 11th, 2012 3:20 pm

    All the drivers do try to be carefull, but whenyour load is at 70,000 pounds or more ,things happen. Load shifts, youtake a turn wrong.ect…. If you think all the loggers are speeding call the local police. You do have to remember that the drivers get paid by the load and don’t make much money and do try to support their familys. I am glad no one was hurt. Maybe some of you that don’t like to stop at lights will start. Maybe some of you on cell phones will turn them off to watch out for others. Ican only hope people will pay more attitionto the road and who is around you!

  5. Cantonment Mom on August 11th, 2012 8:15 am

    Well said Dawn!!!! We still live on Muscogee down by Beulah Rd. Those log trucks never slow down! We have had log trucks on three occasions almost run over School buses as they were letting The Kids off The bus!!! FHP and DOT won’t do anything. Ridiculous. Glad no one was hurt this time.

  6. 429SCJ on August 11th, 2012 7:54 am

    Why not have these trucks enter from the rear of the mill, where traffic flow is less dense, as opposed to hwy 29 which is always busy?

    There also needs to be an overpass over the rail crossing in Cantonment, so that rail operations at the mill will stop backing up traffic all the way to Gonzalez.

  7. Richard on August 11th, 2012 3:31 am

    Thank God nobody was hurt.

  8. Dawn on August 11th, 2012 3:09 am

    Well I’m glad no one was seriously hurt BUT I used to live on Muscogee Rd and those log trucks would fly up and down that road all hours of the night! It’s as if they mistake Muscogee for the interstate! It used to scare me so bad living there because I have 2 small children and when we would be outside playing during the day I would not allow my kids to play in the front yard because of the way they drove on that road! They seriously need to slow it down. I no longer live there thank goodness but I always prayed everytime I heard a log truck coming! Oh and you can forget trying to sleep at night when they fly down the road between the hours of 12 to 6 a.m. and hit their jake brake right in front of your house!!

  9. Taxpayer on August 11th, 2012 12:27 am

    I wonder how they got the logs out of the road. I’m assuming a crane.

  10. Henry on August 10th, 2012 11:12 pm

    Lucky, if you had of made it through the light, the driver might not have driven like he/she did and there might not have been an accident. While you ponder your blessings, different actions and re-actions create many different possible results.

  11. Me on August 10th, 2012 8:35 pm

    Glad to hear everyone is ok !!

  12. Cheryl on August 10th, 2012 5:26 pm

    Thank you for posting this info in a timely fashion. This enabled me to plan ahead and take an alternate route home! I feel for the folks who may have been stuck in traffic. And happy to hear no one was seriously hurt.

  13. lucky on August 10th, 2012 5:19 pm

    I saw this happen..Luckily…I got stopped by that red light! Glad every one is okay! I have never been so glad to hit a red light in my life.

  14. Kay Monaghan on August 10th, 2012 4:57 pm

    I’m glad there were no fatalities, hoping the injuries weren’t serious!

  15. barrineau on August 10th, 2012 4:48 pm

    Wow I must have missed this by seconds ,thank the lord.





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