Four Die in Local Wrecks

Four people have lost their lives in area traffic accidents within 12 hours of each other Thursday.

About 3 a.m., 43-year-old Donna Sue Davis of Southport drove through the intersection of Highway 231 and the Deerpoint Dam Road. The Florida Highway Patrol says Ms. Davis was driving on the Deerpoint Dam Road when she failed to stop at the intersection, cross over US 231, went over some railroad tracks and crashed into a tree.

At 8:00 a.m. Thursday, two semi-trucks collided on Interstate 10 just east of the Ponce de Leon exit in Holmes County. Troopers say eastbound tractor trailer hit another tractor trailer which was parked on the shoulder of the interstate. That truck was filled with embalming fluid.

The semi swerved across the interstate coming to a stop on the right shoulder and burst into flames. The driver of the tractor trailer was killed at the scene. The driver and passenger of the parked truck were unharmed.

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 10 was diverted for several hours while the mess was cleaned up.

Then in Gulf County just before 3 p.m. Thursday a Dodge Utility truck and a log truck collided on Highway 22 near Wewahitchka in Gulf County. One person died in that crash. It’s still under investigation.

Meanwhile, a motorcyclist who was seriously injured two weeks ago in a motorcycle accident at Thomas Drive and North Lagoon Drive has died.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 50-year-old Michael Winner of Lynn Haven died today at a local hospital. He suffered serious head injuries when his motorcycle went out of control at a high rate of speed and rolled over three times.