Update: FHP Releases Details In Molino Wrong-Way Crash

February 20, 2018

The Florida Highway Patrol has released details in a wrong-way driver crash on Highway 29 in Molino that injured multiple people Sunday night.

The FHP said 58-year old Mark Adams of Jacksonville, AL, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Highway 29 near Barrineau Park Road. His Kia struck a Ford SUV, causing the Ford to overturn.  Four people in the Ford SUV were injured, including an infant.

The Kia collided with a Jeep Cherokee driven by 36-year old Thomas Harris of Evergreen and a Ford Explorer driven by 26-year old Alan Noel of Gulf Breeze.

A Ford Focus operated by Walter Ross of Pensacola collided with debris in the roadway. The crash scene was spread over a considerable distance.

The 9:53 p.m. wreck closed Highway 29 until 1:06 a.m. Monday for the crash investigation, vehicle removal and  debris cleanup.

Adams was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in critical condition. Four occupants of the Jeep were were transported to an area hospital, but friends and family tell NorthEscambia.com that they have been released.

Adams was cited for driving on the wrong site of the road. The Florida Highway Patrol said it is “unknown” if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The Molino and Cantonment Station of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

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17 Responses to “Update: FHP Releases Details In Molino Wrong-Way Crash”

  1. Ponderosa hill on February 21st, 2018 2:11 pm

    Let’s play the”maybe this happened” game on this accident. Maybe the Driver
    Going the wrong way has never been on ( barrineau park ) rd before and was
    directed by GPS off I-10… and ending up on Hwy 196 ( barrineau park rd. ). It’s
    almost 10:00 @ night when He approaches Hwy 29 and a stop sign. Guessing again but there’s no traffic coming from the north or the south which means there’s
    no other traffic for a reference of a 4 lane road with a large median. Let’s also
    guess there’s no signage indicating a separated 4 lane highway. So the driver
    moves out into the right lane of what he thinks is a two (2) lane road. No other
    scenario makes much sense to me.

  2. Dan on February 21st, 2018 12:04 pm

    What do you expect the FHP to do give a field sobriety test to someone when they have just been in a horrible crash ? They will take his blood at the hospital and send it to the lab they will determine his blood alcohol content if it is above the legal limit then they will charge him appropriately.

  3. BG on February 20th, 2018 10:29 pm

    Aman sister…same o same o

  4. DOT on February 20th, 2018 10:06 pm

    At the very least he should never be allowed to get behind the wheel again, there is no excuse for this, other than being impaired in some way that he should end up traveling in the wrong direction . He is lucky that he isn’t charge with attempted vehicular manslaughter.

  5. Dixie on February 20th, 2018 8:34 pm

    Florida hwy patrol is unsure if alcohol wa involved??? WOW

  6. Mark on February 20th, 2018 5:37 pm

    I hope an investigation will be thorough. There have been so many deliberate car crashes world wide. Just 3 nights ago someone drove the wrong way on 29 near 95A in Molino, crashing into the construction zone.

  7. Carolyn Bramblett on February 20th, 2018 5:23 pm

    When all the headlights are coming towards you and there is clearly a median separating two roads—Oh what could it mean? No pulling over onto the empty center and getting one’s bearings? Oh heck no. Just crash the cars it seems….

  8. Just me on February 20th, 2018 3:03 pm

    Hopefully he is charged with something more than just a citation for driving on the wrong side of the road.

  9. Kaitlin on February 20th, 2018 1:58 pm

    I remember hitting a horse on this road back in the day. Very sad hope everyone is ok from this terrible accident

  10. Ponderosa hill on February 19th, 2018 8:42 pm

    Now we know why auto Insurance rates are high and getting
    higher ! If this kinda stuff continues we’ll be ridin horses & mules
    again !

  11. Melodies4us on February 19th, 2018 8:15 pm

    What a horrible tragedy. Praying for all involved.

  12. Rasheed Jackson on February 19th, 2018 7:02 pm

    I have heard that when there is a wrong-way accident the individual traveling the wrong way, 9 times out of 10, will travel in their right lane, which would be the left lane for traffic they a meeting. Just another good reason to use the right lane on a four lane highway..

  13. Concerned on February 19th, 2018 6:52 pm

    Through the years there have been many accidents on Hwy 29 for wrong way drivers. I have often wondered why there are no wrong way signs after every cut thru on this road. Most 4 lane roads with a median in the middle have signs.

  14. Vicky on February 19th, 2018 3:22 pm

    Y’all need to slow down pay attention to the road, not your cell phones etc…….you may not care about your life but those you hit might…..

  15. C on February 19th, 2018 11:26 am

    Amazing no one was killed. It takes an amazing amount of force to, in an instant, completely remove the transmission to where the torque converter is visible. Car makers do not design their vehicles to withstand this kind of wreck. They should all consider themselves extremely lucky.

  16. john on February 19th, 2018 6:30 am

    Wow…what a mess!!! We need figure out out to get bad drivers off the road, this is ridiculous and it happens to frequently.

  17. Dee on February 19th, 2018 2:23 am

    Praying for all involved. I just hope there weren’t any too serious injuries. This includes the emergency heroes, the people in the vehicles.

    When driving 65-70 mph. The impact is going to be horrible and spread out. It is s wonder no was killed,

    How long was the wrong driver driving in the in the north in the southbound lanes? There are not a lot of cut throughs on 29 north of Cantonment.

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