Alcohol is suspected as a factor in an early morning crash in Calhoun County that sent two men to hospitals, one in critical condition.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened on State Road 71 at 5:42 a.m. Saturday. The FHP said a 2000 Dodge pickup truck driven by Danny Odell Carnley, Jr. of Youngstown was southbound at a high rate of speed when it collided with the rear of a 2002 Chevrolet van driven by Pedro Simon Chavez of Altha.
The FHP said the force of the impact sent Chavez's vehicle off the road where it overturned several times into trees.
Chavez, 29, was transported by Air Heart ambulance service to Bay Medical-Sacred Heart in Panama City where he is listed in critical condition. Carnley, 27, was taken Calhoun Medical Center in Blountstown and is listed in serious condition.
The FHP said charges are pending the outcome of its investigation.
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