Ice On Highway 29 Bridge Leads To Fatal Crash, Road Closure

December 9, 2017

Ice on a Highway 29 bridge in McDavid led to two serious crashes Saturday morning, one of which claimed the life of a woman.

The accident happened on the northbound Highway 29 bridge over Mitchell Creek, just north of the McDavid Fire Station about 7:45 a.m. The driver of a car  lost control and rotated off the roadway and into the ditch and a large pine tree. A passerby in a SUV reportedly stopped to assist, when the driver of a Ford Ranger, 73-year old Mary Adams of Pensacola, lost control on the ice and crashed into the SUV.

Adams as trapped in the vehicle until being extricated by firefighters. She was later pronounced deceased on scene by Escambia County EMS.

The northbound Mitchell Creek Bridge on Highway 29 was closed after the crash, as was the Canoe Creek Bridge on Highway 29 for well over an hour until a FDOT crew could arrive and spread sand. Due to the traffic crash investigation, only one northbound lane was opened.

The accident remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. Escambia County EMS, the McDavid and Century stations of Escambia Fire Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the wrecks. photos, click to enlarge.


23 Responses to “Ice On Highway 29 Bridge Leads To Fatal Crash, Road Closure”

  1. Hmm on December 13th, 2017 9:56 pm

    Sad she lost her life over black ice yes I agree if they can’t drive in the conditions then they should stay home. But also this is Florida and we don’t have plows and salt it’s crazy because we never get snow here

  2. Letitia Durant on December 11th, 2017 7:48 pm

    First off Mary Sue Carmicheal-Adams is my mother Martha Lou Carmichael born May 8th 1944! My Aunt was not speeding! DOT should be held accountable for not throughing landField aka dirt on the road! They knew ahead of time that is was going to snow far as up north they salt and plow! I’m from Detroit and our DOT presalt whenevwr snow is coming! KEY presalt the All Major Highways and Major Street! DOT rather Escambia County or Alabama DOT! They knew before it happened that snow was in the forecast! It’s there duty to make sure the roads are safe! From my understanding the person who sto to help the first accident left his or her car in the street! Not off the road but in the street where my Auntie Mary was coming over the bridge going downward when she hit the black ice! So even if she was going 35 or 45 miles per hour! Speed didn’t necessarily play a factor I know because I’ve been driving the snow for years! If you don’t know how to drive in those conditions then you need to stay home! My Auntie lost her life due to road conditions and the fact that she pressed on her brakes trying to get out of the way of a parked SUV that had stop to help the people that had a wreck before them! Yes it is unfortunate that my Auntie lost her life and my mom suffered a Broken neck my mom and her twin where very very close and I just keep praying for my family the Adams and the Carmichael Family! Please please like my Grandmother say if you have nothing good to say please keep it to yourself! If you haven’t walk a mile in there shoes then please say nothing at all! Opinions as like ASS Hole everybody has one but it doesn’t mean you’re right! To all my family and friends of our family keep us in your prayers for peace and strength! God Bless!

  3. A family member on December 11th, 2017 11:38 am

    Once again. Rock salt is less than a snow plow and does not required a degree to place on that bridge. It has been there for years and nobody thought to place Rock salt to prevent this at any time for a (just in case) situation. Doesn’t take a a lot of money. Just effort.

  4. Kathy Yvonne Carmichael on December 11th, 2017 10:49 am

    Mary Sue Carmichael will always be remembered as sweet and kind. She was my aunt who was concerned about our youth receiving their education. She informed me of the variety of scholarship money available for students. Auntie will always be missed and a legend.

  5. A family member on December 10th, 2017 8:14 pm

    Salt is cheap. And they did not use all the resources they had. Just ignored

  6. Grand Locust on December 10th, 2017 6:00 pm

    I went to visit my daughter last year and saw a great many states in the Winter are having liquid salt that they spray on the bridges. You can see white lines on the roads and bridges. They take the weather report and send a spray unit out before the snow or ice arrives. It is not like there has to be a huge investment to use current County trucks equipped with spray units in their beds.. Monday quarterbacks will not bring back those who were tragically killed on bridges, but it might once or twice a year save lives to spray the bridges with the liquid salt mixtures.

  7. Shay on December 10th, 2017 3:36 pm

    My Grandma Was Blessed But We Lost Our Aunt Mary To This Tragic Accident, They Where Twin Sister’s Born May 8th, 1944. These Sister’s Was The Closet Twin’s I’ve Ever Known They Did Everything Just Alike From Talk’s To The Walk’s. My Granny Miss Her Twin Sister Truly And Aunt Mary Is Truly Missed. Just Be Safe Driving On Icy Road’s Cause This Was An Accident. Stay Safe And Be Blessed

  8. Mike on December 10th, 2017 3:20 pm

    So many folks blaming DOT, so many forgetting about personal responsibility. DOT cannot control weather – you are out raged they didn’t send a crew to clear YOUR bridge – well their have been hundreds of bridges covered with ice. People up in the North deal with ice conditions all the time. If you can’t drive on ice – don’t do it. If a sign tells you the bridge can be covered with ice and you MUST know the temperatures were below freezing – slow down! Sorry for the lives lost, but blaming others for every accident is sordid.

  9. Rasheed Jackson on December 10th, 2017 8:51 am

    I don’t think a snow plow would have helped here as the ice was the culprit and not the snow. DOT and Escambia County Road department was most likely doing all they could do with the resources they have. We live in the south, it is not economically feasible for our road departments to have equipment that is necessary for dealing with snow and ice. I admit a loss of life is not something we can put a price on but even in area that have snow plows, blowers and de-icing equipment people still die on the highways. It is a risk we all instead of pointing the finger of blame maybe we should take a moment to lift this family up in prayer. They need it.

  10. Tiffany junior on December 9th, 2017 11:11 pm

    My prayers are with the Adams Family, I know the Family and my family is truly praying for them please people pray for Mrs. Adams Family, We love you all, Our heartfelt condolences

  11. B on December 9th, 2017 9:07 pm

    I was detoured by this wreck; lets remember that we are all responsible for adjusting our own driving habits to inclement road conditions. This is tragic and thoughts and prayers to the families involved . There were several other wrecks in the area last night with similar elements surrounding them. When bad weather is forecast or even if its a surprise we all (including me at times) need to slow down , be more aware, and take more caution. Getting there late is better than not getting there.

  12. hawghead on December 9th, 2017 7:24 pm

    I called 911 this morning about the bridge on Hwy 4 over the Escambia River. The dispatcher pretty much blew me off and said so are all the other bridges. I can’t believe they just acted like it was no big deal. These bridges are dangerous when they ice over and 911 should take the calls more serious. There were two vehicles wrecked on the bridge when I called..

  13. A on December 9th, 2017 5:20 pm

    Ice on a bridge is tricky at any speed. We don’t see that very often and were not geared up for it.

  14. Wendell on December 9th, 2017 4:37 pm

    @Eric and Coe You could blame the state for this if driving was a right, but it’s not-it’s a privilege. That involves self-responsibility. That’s how the court will judge you, anyways.

    Thoughts and prayers for all involved.

  15. Julious Whisler on December 9th, 2017 1:26 pm

    Mary Adams was born May 29th 1944 she was born Mary Sue Carmichael out of Mentor Alabama the reason why I know so much of his woman it’s cuz she’s my beloved grandmother she has a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody she loves to go to church she love to do community service work so please if you have any negative comments just leave them to yourself rest in heaven Grandma we all love you

  16. RE on December 9th, 2017 12:33 pm

    Hate to hear of the loss of life. But don’t blame FDOT. Most likely speeed and ice cause this accident. People need to slow down on these Hwy’s 29 and 97 both have lots of accidents due to speed! Throw in bad weather or weather conditions that we normally don’t drive in and this is all to often the result.
    May god be with this family!

  17. Eric Ericson on December 9th, 2017 12:04 pm

    That woman’s death would have been prevented if the county or DOT had proactivey scattered sand on the bridges… ESPECIALLY since snow was in the forecast. It’s a shame that somebody has to die before the gubment gets off their rusty-dusty.

    Reminds me of Birmingham’s Jefferson County where they don’t call in the drivers of the sand trucks until bridges freeze and traffic jams prevent the workers from getting to work. It’s a Catch-22.

  18. Concerned on December 9th, 2017 11:52 am

    Snow plow wont help w ice…they have 1 plow and…. they were out ALL night spraying bridges including this one twice as late as 5 a.m. on this bridge. This is a tragic loss for a family and our hearts go out to them. Don’t turn this tragedy into a crucifixion of FDOT.

  19. Honest John on December 9th, 2017 11:40 am

    In 2014 FDOT purchased 5 snow plows, 42 tons of road salt, 10 salt spreaders, and 4,400 gallons of ice melting chemicals for ice and snow removal.

  20. Oversight on December 9th, 2017 10:49 am

    Watch out for the black ice! FDOT is good a condemning and closing bridges, but not any good at getting ahead of the weather and making bridges safer with sand or salt in freezing wet weather. Remember all those snow plows the state bought a few years ago? They’re probably collecting rust in a FDOT vehicle yard somewhere in south Florida. LOL!

  21. Sandy on December 9th, 2017 10:14 am

    Prayers for all involved and the families.

  22. Dawn on December 9th, 2017 9:49 am

    So sad. Prayers for everyone and their families.

  23. dman on December 9th, 2017 9:44 am

    So, does this mean that they will now put up signs that say “Bridge may ice in winter”? Hopefully all involved will be ok. I had to drive home last night and while gorgeous, it was very dangerous and I kept it to a slow crawl.

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