CANTONMENT, FL – A tractor trailer truck lost control and flipped over on its side Monday morning, August 16, shutting down a road for hours in Escambia County, Florida. The truck accident occurred near the intersection of Muscogee Road and Taylor Street in the town of Cantonment, FL near the border with Alabama. The accident area is in the Florida panhandle in the far northwest section of the state about 18 miles north of Pensacola, FL and about 54 miles east of Mobile, Alabama.
At around 8:30 a.m. 60 year old truck driver Jerry N. Howell of Butler, Georgia was driving a semi trailer truck west on Muscogee Road through Escambia County, Florida. The semi truck was reportedly carrying a load of paper.
As the driver approached the intersection of Muscogee Road and Taylor Street he began to lose control of the 18 wheeler. According to authorities the right rear wheels of the truck went off the road. The truck driver may have tried to pull the semi trailer back onto Muscogee Road, causing the back of the trailer to fishtail which may have thrown the cargo of paper off balance.
After fishtailing the semi trailer truck flipped over on its left side coming to rest across the traffic lanes of Muscogee Road and partially on the grassy side of the road.
No other persons or vehicles were involved in the truck accident.
Escambia County Fire Rescue and Sheriffâ€™s Department responded to the truck accident. The EMTs with the Escambia Emergency Medical Services were also at the scene to give aid to the truck driver. The driver, Mr. Howell, was able to escape from his overturned trailer truck and was treated for minor injuries. It is not known if the truck driver was transported to the hospital.
Authorities had to shut down a section of Muscogee Road around the disabled trailer truck and traffic was rerouted around the truck accident site. It did not appear that the trailer truck lost any of its cargo of paper but there were some items and debris strewn around the flipped over 18 wheeler. Officials also did not report the truck spilling any diesel fuel during the truck accident.
Highway crews were at the truck accident site to clean up the debris. A tow truck was also brought in to get the overturned trailer truck back on its wheels and off the roadway. It would take the whole morning to clear Muscogee Road and the road was finally reopened at about 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Officials conducted a reconstruction of the truck accident to determine why the truckâ€™s wheels initially went off the road. They have not released their findings and it is not known if they suspect excessive speed in the incident. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors.
The truck driver was not cited in the truck accident.
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