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.
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