Early morning Crestview crash snarls traffic


BRIAN HUGHES Crestview Police Department cnbbrian

CRESTVIEW — A two-vehicle traffic accident snarled the morning commute, blocking both lanes of southbound State Road 85/Ferdon Boulevard South just south of the Interstate 10 interchange.

The wreck, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m., involved a Mitsubishi Mirage sedan and a GMC pick-up truck. The pick-up rolled over, blocking the left travel lane and part of the right lane. One person was taken by Okaloosa County EMS to North Okaloosa Medical center with minor injuries.

The accident confounded morning commuters as southbound traffic began to back up for several miles.

“Traffic was backed up all the way to the 85 and 90 intersection when my fiancé went by” around 8:45 a.m., Latrisha Herbert said in a Facebook post on the Crestview Police Department’s page. “Even the back roads were backed up.”

Traffic started moving around 8:15 a.m. when one lane was opened. Okaloosa County road crews responded to repair a 2-inch-deep gash left in the road when the truck overturned, after which both lanes were reopened.

With limited options, the Antioch Road/PJ Adams Parkway corridor was soon overwhelmed with commuters seeking alternate routes around the accident scene. Other drivers moved to SR 285 for the drive south.

Citations for either or both drivers might be issued following the conclusion of the accident investigation.