Six Injured In Cottage Hill Crash

June 21, 2017

Six people were reported to be injured in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Cottage Hill.

The chain-reaction accident reportedly occurred when the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended an Escambia County dump truck on Highway 95A near McKenzie Road. The pickup was then struck by a van.

At least three of the injured were transported to area hospital by ambulance. None of the injuries were considered severe.

The accident remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “Six Injured In Cottage Hill Crash”

  1. Jdub on June 22nd, 2017 5:22 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with Charlotte & Dale’s comments. We too live in Cottage Hill off Mckenzie Rd & people going south on 95a seem to fly around that blind curve. I do not like maki g the left there for that reason unless I can signal early to vehicles following that I’m turning. Sometimes, I will go out of the way down to Williams Ditch Rd for a safer turn left. I too wish that we could get a left turn lane there. I have almost been rear ended waiting for north bound traffic to clear so I can make my left turn safely onto McKenzie. I drive around for my job, home health, and am always watching the other drivers. So many people are looking down at their phones instead of driving and it scares me & ticks me off all at the same time. I was rear ended earlier this year by a lady while sitting at a red light at a dead stop on Pine Forest Rd b/c she was on her phone and saw movement in her peripheral vision of left turn lane (we were going straight) and while on her phone still…accelerated & bam! Took out my rear bumper. I was ticked & told trooper she was on he phone b/c I as watching her in my rearview mirror b/c she never peeled her eyes away from her stupid phone.

  2. Mckenzie Rd Resident on June 22nd, 2017 2:36 pm

    Those semis and dump trucks all fly through there, and all through cantonment, on a regular basis. I’ve about been run over many times turning onto Mckenzie and Williams Ditch coming from both directions. Not sure a turning lane would help as I’ve seen people loose control at the curb because they refuse to slow down. Also, pulling off of Mckenzie onto the old highway is difficult because they come flying through from Quintette.

  3. Dale Flowers on June 22nd, 2017 1:21 pm

    I live in Cottage Hill off McKenzie Road and occasionally enter from southbound on Hwy 95-A. That is a blind curve. I signal early but if there is northbound traffic and you have to sit there at the turn to McKenzie it can get very tense with cars that come rocketing around that curve. Fortunately most folks drive politely and safely around here. *knock on wood*

    That’s private land to the west of the road but it’d sure be nice to see the trees thinned out so oncoming traffic could see farther ahead. Whenever I am waiting to make that left turn onto McKenzie I am checking my rear view mirror and have a plan to accelerate away or get off the road and out of the way. No point in contesting the right of way to the grave.

    A left hand turn lane would help like Charlotte says but may be small defense against a speeder veering left of center in that turn. Most of our roads are safe enough. It’s the human element.

  4. Charlotte on June 22nd, 2017 9:55 am

    Not sure what direction this accident happened, but I do know if coming from Quintet Rd. and you turn left going South on 95-A, there is a curve just before you get to McKenzie, and if you are turning left onto McKenzie, and there is traffic coming from the other way, a very good chance you will be rear ended by traffic coming around that curve, while you are sitting there waiting to turn onto McKenzie. How do I know this? I have to take McKenzie to get to my home and when I am coming from that direction, I turn my signal on about two hundred feet before I get to McKenzie, cause I want that driver behind me to know, I am turning. However, if no one is behind you, and you are sitting there waiting for traffic to clear, then, like I said, you may get read ended. THEY NEED TO PUT A LEFT HAND TURN LANE THERE.

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