Driver Seriously Injured, Airlifted After Early Morning Wreck On Highway 97

June 19, 2018

One person was seriously injured and airlifted to the hospital after an early morning wreck on Highway 97 south of Walnut Hill.

The driver of a passenger car was northbound on Highway 97 just north of Tungoil Road about 1 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, hit a culvert and went airborne before coming to rest near the woodline.

The adult male driver was transported by Escambia County EMS to the Molino Fire Station and then airlifted to a Pensacola hospital. His injuries were not considered life threatening.

The accident is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. The Molino, Walnut Hill and McDavid stations of Escambia Fire Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded. photo, click to enlarge.


3 Responses to “Driver Seriously Injured, Airlifted After Early Morning Wreck On Highway 97”

  1. k on June 20th, 2018 2:22 pm


    That area of highway 97 is long, straight, and flat, followed by a sharp curve.

    if you are headed southbound, taking that curve at a high rate of speed will carry you over the line off the road quite quickly.

    if you are headed northbound, the approach into that curve sneaks up on you really fast. if you are zipping north on 97, you must reduce your speed to at or near the speed limit by the time you reach tung oil road or you will enter the curve too fast and greatly increase your chances of missing the curve and doing exactly what this driver did.

  2. EMD on June 20th, 2018 12:31 am

    What is it about that area around Tungoil Rd.?

  3. Trocarman on June 19th, 2018 5:51 pm

    Another wreck on 97. Really sad. Hope the driver is OK and learned his lesson.

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