One Injured In Highway 97 Car, 18-Wheeler Crash

February 12, 2014

A Milton man was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler and a car Wednesday morning on Highway 97 in Walnut Hill.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 34-year old Jason Turner of Milton was southbound in a curve on Highway 97 south of Howell Road when he allowed his 2012 Chrysler 200 to cross the center line and into the path of a northbound 2012 International semi. The semi driver, 23-year old David Creach of Pensacola,  saw the vehicle enter the northbound lane veered to right shoulder until its right side was against the tree line.

Turner continued until he struck the two axles of the semi trailer, with his vehicle then rotating across Highway 97, coming to rest partially in the southbound lane. The semi continued in a northerly path until it came to a controlled stop in the wood line on the northbound shoulder of Highway 97.

Turner was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in serious condition. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital.

According to the FHP, Turner was cited for failing to drive within a single lane. Highway 97 was completely shutdown by the 8:12 a.m. wreck, with lane closures continuing until the roadway was completely reopened about 2 p.m.

The Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue, Atmore Ambulance and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash. photos, click to enlarge.


6 Responses to “One Injured In Highway 97 Car, 18-Wheeler Crash”

  1. Everett on February 13th, 2014 7:52 pm

    Good job of the semi trying to avoid a head on crash. Likely saved the driver of the cars life. Looks like it was raining.

  2. fellow driver on February 13th, 2014 7:11 pm

    Well I hope the truck driver is ok because too many people dont respect truck drivers on the highways now a days think about that next time you are in just so much of a hurry to pass someone to get where your going because being wreacked in a vehical of this caliber takes its toll on you as the driver of it

  3. Patricia S Bennett on February 13th, 2014 3:44 pm

    David, That was some kind of good driving. the pic of the rear wheels and tires show that you had control of your truck at all times. Granddad and I are proud of you.

  4. Kim Blackman on February 12th, 2014 2:34 pm

    Drove up on this wreck shortly after it happened. The man in the car was related to a friend. Although he has injuries he is doing better than I expected.

  5. Randall Johnson on February 12th, 2014 9:50 am

    I seen it right after it happened and had to stop to give a hand. Was on my way to school. Thank God everyone made it out alive.

  6. Brattgirl on February 12th, 2014 9:30 am

    My husband was there right after it happened and said it looked like the car may have lost control and hit Pepsi truck. Said the truck axle was messed up ! Hope the driver of the car is ok. Praying for him

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