DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Three people were seriously injured Tuesday morning after a traffic accident on U.S. 331 south of Rock Hill Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Traffic was detoured for several hours after the crash, which involved a van, pickup truck, semitrailer and tanker truck.
Denis Leonel Martinez, 34, of Louisville, Ky., was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan south on U.S. 331 about 7:40 a.m., according to the FHP. After passing a line of vehicles in a no passing zone, Martinez tried to return to the southbound lane and sideswiped a 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Leonard Scott Woodward, 50, of DeFuniak Springs.
Martinez then entered the northbound lane and hit a semitrailer driven by Shannon R. Addleman, 42, of Lakeland. Addleman’s semitrailer jackknifed and veered into the southbound lane.
Douglas E. Lehotay, 48, of Crestview, was driving a fuel tanker in the southbound lane and tried to evade Addleman by swerving onto the west shoulder. The two trucks hit head-on and caused the tanker to roll onto its passenger side.
Martinez, Addleman, and Lehotay were taken to Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System with serious injuries, the FHP reported. Woodward was not hurt.
Motorists were routed to surrounding roads for about five hours after the crash.
Charges are pending against Martinez, according to the FHP.