A Jay man is in serious condition following an accident on Hwy. 87 north involving an 18-wheeler and a peanut combine when he was ejected from a tractor. Two people were injured in Okaloosa County when a CSX train driven by a Pace man hit a car and rolled it over, ejecting one passenger – also in serious condition.
The first accident happened on Friday night about 8:35 on Hwy. 87, north of Edna Lane. Troopers say 46-year-old Michael D. Hunter, Jay, was thrown from a John Deere tractor he was operating when a semi tractor trailer driven by Aloma B. Carlile, 70, Pensacola, hit the back of the peanut combine, pushing it into the back of the tractor. Reports say Hunter was thrown into the roadway where he sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Santa Rosa Medical Center.
Sgt. Jason Peacock, FHP, says the two vehicles were going north on Hwy. 87 when the semi approached the back of a peanut combine being pulled by the John Deere. Once the combine was struck, it detached from the tractor and began traveling in an easterly direction, stopping ¾ of a mile from the crash site in a field.
Peacock says the circumstances surrounding this accident are still being investigated.
In an unrelated incident on Saturday morning east of Crestview a car was driven into the path of a CSX train operated by 29-year-old Charles Davis, Pace.
Trooper Christopher A. Robinson says a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Uriel Paredes-Rodriguez, 25, Freeport, was traveling on the north side of Rosebud Ave, approaching the Hwy. 90 intersection. A 2000 CSX train traveling west on the tracks beside Hwy. 90 also approached the intersection.
FHP reports say Paredes-Rodriguez did not heed the stop sign railroad warning and drove onto the tracks in front of the train.
The CSX train hit the rear quarter panel on the passenger side, severing a trailer being pulled by the Avalanche, and overturning the vehicle. One passenger, 16-year-old Manuel Rodriguez, was thrown from the vehicle. He was listed in serious condition at North Okaloosa Medical Center. Paredes-Rodriguez and another passenger Jose Maldanado, 26, Santa Rosa Beach, received minor injuries.
The driver of the car was charged with violation of railroad crossing; and no seatbelt on a passenger under 18.
Alcohol was not listed as a factor in either crash.