Driver Airlifted After Highway 97 Rollover Wreck Near Walnut Hill

January 20, 2023

One person was seriously injured in a rollover crash Thursday night on Highway 97 south of Walnut Hill.

The driver of a pickup truck was reportedly southbound about 5:30 p.m. when he sideswiped another vehicle, ran off the roadway, and overturned in a ditch and culvert about a half mile north of Mason Road.

The adult male was airlifted to the hospital by Medstar Air Care 2 helicopter from Atmore. His injuries were not considered to be life threatening.

The Walnut Hill, McDavid and Molino stations of Escambia County Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS responded.

The Florida HIghway Patrol is investigating the wreck. photos, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Driver Airlifted After Highway 97 Rollover Wreck Near Walnut Hill”

  1. northender on January 25th, 2023 4:25 pm

    If you obey the speed limits and traffic laws, and pay attention, there are no “challenges” to driving these roads. The only “challenges” are avoiding colliding with the ones who don’t do the above.

  2. 429SCJ on January 21st, 2023 6:31 am

    :”Lateral G Force” is simply expressing a vehicle’s side to side grip.

    97A certainly presents challenges to the initiated and novice alike.

    The curve at Tungoil Road is my favorite, Ar max = V2max/R

  3. CCHGN on January 20th, 2023 4:55 pm

    WE moved here just North of Walnut Hill, and drive 97 every day. Sad but true, almost every day, folks, in too much of a hurry, will try to pass on a blind curve, with double yellow, on a hill, at night. Now, there’s about half a dozen places of flat straight away, with passing, between the State line and the elementary school, but NO, they wait. We’re convinced there’s some kind of competition going on. When we see one pass on a blind curve, with double yellow lines, on a hill, we say, “They’re going for the Gold”. It’s got to be, no other reason makes sense. Yeah, a point system, the blind curve is a point, the double yellow is a point, the hill is a point, at night is an extra point, passing more than 2 is an extra point. They’re trying to beat the record of the legend who launched 18 feet into the air, to the top of the tall pines and burst into flames, right in that same area as this one, recently. And can anyone guess where the vast majority of licence plates are from?

  4. Don on January 20th, 2023 1:17 pm

    I travel this road at least once a month or so and most times I witness multi-vehicle passing(s). Very similar to a gun. The problem is the choices made by the operators/drivers. Yes accidents happen but the extra 7 to 10 minutes saved by speed… is it really worth the risk?

  5. Charlotte Bates on January 20th, 2023 11:20 am

    Please don’t start blaming the road. People make the road dangerous. Praying for the injured for a full recovery.