Motorcycle, Semi Collide On Highway 97; One Critically Injured

April 18, 2023

A motorcyclist was critically injured after colliding with a semi-truck about daybreak Tuesday in Davisville.

The log truck pulled from West Highway 4 onto Highway 97 into the path of the northbound motorcycle, according to authorities. The motorcyclist was ejected as motorcycle went under the unloaded trailer and was dragged across Highway 97. The motorcycle reportedly did not have a headlight on at the time.

The 65-year old male biker from Atmore was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital as a “trauma alert”.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

The Walnut Hill Station of Escambia County Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded. photos, click to enlarge.


14 Responses to “Motorcycle, Semi Collide On Highway 97; One Critically Injured”

  1. Judie Holt on April 19th, 2023 11:57 am

    They are both Gods children. Praying for both families. Right now both families are hurting and they need prayers not blame being cast on either person.

  2. Lolli on April 19th, 2023 7:53 am

    This is why it scares me when I see bikers with no helmet so, riding in Florida ( not saying “he” didn’t have one on).

  3. Head Scratcher on April 19th, 2023 7:43 am

    I see everyone here is either a DOT, motorcycle, CMV or electrical engineer. Relax… FHP will figure it out

  4. Willis on April 18th, 2023 10:26 pm

    Rider we wish everyone would wreck less…..
    Might help if we didn’t sometimes drive Reckless…..

    Hope the gentleman is doing OK and makes a full recovery.

  5. Reader on April 18th, 2023 7:32 pm

    This truck driver is a family man. He would never do anything to hurt anyone. Everyone is talking about the driver but laying no blame on anyone because I was not there but why can we just pray for both the motorcycle driver and the driver of truck.

  6. M in Bratt on April 18th, 2023 5:29 pm

    @Molino; You are quick to start laying blame on the trucker when it’s obvious that you don’t know what you are talking about. SOME motorcycles have the headlight hardwired, and some don’t. The FHP; has various means to determine whether the headlight was on or off at the time of the crash. Let them make the determination instead of jumping to judgement.

  7. Tommy on April 18th, 2023 5:18 pm

    “Motorcycles have automatic headlights. You can’t turn them off. And that’s a straight stretch. Trucker definitely just covering his own behind.“

    If the bulb is blown or the wiring has been tampered with it won’t work. The rider is as much at fault as the truck driver if not more. Why would you ride with an inoperable headlight in low light conditions? The article stated it was right at sunrise. Before I get flamed too hard, I’m both a truck driver and a motorcycle rider.

  8. Rider on April 18th, 2023 4:43 pm

    The only way this light would be off if it was done aftermarket. It is law that motorcycle headlights come one when running. The way this bike looks the owner took care of it. I sure hope the Troopers doing the investigation have the motorcycle inspected by a vehicle investigator.

    I wasn’t there but I am sure the logging truck was in a hurry as always and just glanced over and turned.

    I have seen the safe logging truck drivers and the drivers who are wreck less.

  9. JIM on April 18th, 2023 3:16 pm

    I saw one in Walnut Hill last week without a headlight.

  10. Troy on April 18th, 2023 1:57 pm

    I’ve always thought a motorcycles light was hardwired too but I’m seeing more with no light on in the day. Also some are quite dim or have a tinted cover.

  11. Melissa Pendergrass on April 18th, 2023 1:40 pm

    That is NOT a straight stretch. Hwy 4 meets Hwy 97 in a curve. Who knows what the trucker is doing, but motorcycles on 97 literally FLY as if they are the only ones on the road. And no I’m not saying this is the case. I wasn’t there and didn’t see it. So don’t come at me.

  12. cj on April 18th, 2023 11:44 am

    There were three motorcycles and/or four-wheelers on Untreiner last night – I know the first one was a motorcycle and either had no headlight or an unworking one and the last had was big and had four wheels and did (don’t really know what to call it) the thing where they lift up and almost flip back. I prayed for their safety.

  13. Reader And Observer of Things on April 18th, 2023 11:33 am

    “Motorcycles have automatic headlights. You can’t turn them off”

    But if the wiring is defective or the bulb is blown, there is no headlight. :)

  14. Molino on April 18th, 2023 11:17 am

    Motorcycles have automatic headlights. You can’t turn them off. And that’s a straight stretch. Trucker definitely just covering his own behind.

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