Truck Overturns, 1,576 Lose Power, Driver Ticketed

October 12, 2017

A truck hauling plastic pellets overturned Wednesday afternoon on Old Chemstrand Road, resulting in a temporary road closure and over 1,500 Gulf Power customers without power.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 58-year old Joseph Henderson of Ponce De Leon, FL, was westbound on Old Chemstrand Road when he ran off the road and into the ditch. The 2013 Mack truck overturned, colliding with a power pole and then a large tree.

Gulf Power turning off a portion of the power grid serving as many as 1,576 customers in the Cantonment area, including Tate High School, as a safety precaution. Many of those customers were restored quickly, while a few hundred were without power until the pole was repaired.

Henderson received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to West Florida Hospital. He was ticketed for careless driving by the FHP. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


9 Responses to “Truck Overturns, 1,576 Lose Power, Driver Ticketed”

  1. Duns Megus on October 15th, 2017 5:41 pm

    The ticket is inconsequential to the incident and to the finger-pointing here. If the FHP, or, probably, the ECSO or SRCSO, is called to a wreck somebody is going to get a ticket for something so the FHP (or the Sheriff’s Department?) can make money on the incident. If nothing else, somebody is going to be cited for careless driving so the money can be made. A dab here, a dab there, every accident — there’s a financial mountain of little dabs being collected every day.

  2. Jane Martinez on October 13th, 2017 5:57 am

    He has been driving for about 35 years and this is his first accident. I am glad he is not injured. With God as his co-pilot and his seat belt he was able to walk away. BUCKLE UP PEOPLE. And pray

  3. ATruckerdriver on October 12th, 2017 8:30 pm

    Correct, flipping a Truck is generally deadly. Unfortunately, we don’t fully know the circumstances and while the driver could have been distracted, he could have easily been trying to avoid a crash with another vehicle. Commercial vehicles are too often blamed for accidents when in fact most commerical vehicle crashes are the result of the actions of non-commercial vehicles ….im sure this driver had a camera and hopefully it will show otherwise….in the meantime, watch the court docket as I highly suspect that ticket will be reduced from careless.

  4. Jennifer Andrews on October 12th, 2017 7:56 pm

    I wasn’t negligence the road was to narrow and the driver was making sure he wasn’t in the other lane the shoulder had a steep drop off which over turned the truck thank God he wasn’t hurt

  5. David on October 12th, 2017 8:49 am

    How does one run off this road? Glad he wasn’t hurt but, this is negligence, plain and simple.

  6. Jerry F on October 11th, 2017 11:03 pm

    D.O.T. needs a stronger presence in our area. A lot of truck drivers not all drive our highways way too fast. Glad the driver was ok but ticket appears to be well deserved.

  7. Steve C on October 11th, 2017 7:00 pm

    Thank goodness the driver wasn’t transporting anything hazardous. I am glad to hear he wasn’t seriously hurt.

  8. Legend on October 11th, 2017 3:50 pm

    I couldn’t even imagine being in this situation. Trying to figure out how you can flip a truck and tralior and sit it perfectly on its roof. Driver is lucky he has no serious injurys that cab is crushed pretty bad on driverside.

  9. Pops on October 11th, 2017 3:12 pm

    It says the driver of the truck was not seriously injured. Glad to hear it. Though, it looks ugly from the photos.

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