Multiple People Injured In Near Head-on Crash On Highway 97

March 7, 2021

At least three people were injured in a near head-on wreck Saturday night on Highway 97.

About 10 p.m., an older model Dodge pickup truck and a Volvo S80 collided in a wooded area on Highway 97 between Tungoil Road and Hendricks Lane south of Walnut Hill. The pickup truck burst into flames after the crash.

One man was airlifted to an area hospital, and two were transported by ambulance to Pensacola hospitals following the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating and has not released further details. The Molino and Walnut Hill stations of Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS also responded.

Highway 97 was fully reopened shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.

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8 Responses to “Multiple People Injured In Near Head-on Crash On Highway 97”

  1. Chris J Paul on March 9th, 2021 2:36 pm

    Volvo built well
    Dodge…..ehhh …not so much

  2. Anthony Ray Edwards on March 8th, 2021 10:34 am

    I was the driver of the Volvo in this wreck when I rounded the corner the pickup was coming and me sliding sideways. I was all the way on the shoulder when we hit. I would like to thank all of the good people who stopped to help my wife and myself.

  3. J.s on March 8th, 2021 12:17 am

    I beg my husband when we’re headed to pensacola NOT to take 97 i am scared to death of this hwy because people like to pass other people on there all the time plus other things like Deer and speeders someone somehow need to do something about this very unsafe road do the math……#tomanyaccidents

  4. cchgn on March 7th, 2021 1:40 pm

    We live out here and several times this happens (last time, Thursday) , we were going North and here comes a neutral colored ,15 yr old Implala. They passed us on a hil and double yellow and then the very next hill, passed the car in front of us, again, on a hill and double yellow. I have a dash cam and got it. I’m betting that whoever it is gets on here, so look dude, WTF? There’s plenty of straight-aways on 97 where you can pass. There’s nothing that you need to get to that can’t wait another minute or two. You see that wreck up there?!? You don’t think that could be you? Well, the way you drive, it’s not a matter IF, it’s a matter of WHEN and I hope I’m not there to see it. You need to remember that you’re not just hurting yourself, but you’re hurting other poeple, too, so that makes you a danger to society, so pass only on straightaways, where you can see if oncoming traffic is coming. How hard is that? IF I see you again and get your license plate number, you won’t be driving any more.

  5. CW on March 7th, 2021 7:47 am

    I had someone pass me south of Dogwood Park yesterday. It was a big red dually and he went around about 4 or 5 cars in a no passing zone with hills. If someone would have came over the hill it would have killed them.

  6. C. on March 7th, 2021 7:24 am

    This almost was me and this happens all the time. It’s been several times iv almost been hit by a drunk driver in between Molino and Century. Friday and Saturday nights there is an epidemic of drunk drivers on that road I think maybe they should start doing some checkpoints..

  7. Cliff Pack on March 7th, 2021 7:21 am

    Sure hope everyone is OK.

  8. Justice on March 7th, 2021 6:03 am

    Hope everyone survives. These serious wrecks happen all the time on highway 97 between Atmore and US 29. People speed in excess of the 55 mph speed limit without fear of getting stopped by the FHP or the ECSD because law enforcement does not patrol the road with due diligence.

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