A single car accident on Highway 231 kills one man and leaves another fighting for his life. The accident happened just two miles north of CompassLake. It was only one car but the north bound lane on 231 was shut down for nearly an hour while first Jackson County Fire and Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol, Jackson and Bay EMS worked quickly to help all five people involved.
The first car to arrive on scene belonged to Kim Tederous from Marietta, GA, "We pulled up onto the scene we saw an overturned car and saw two people on the ground, both injured pretty badly injured."
According to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, Joe Hardy, a grey 2003 Chevy Avalanche was traveling in the south bound lane with five people inside. The driver was pulling from the median when he overcorrected causing the vehicle to overturn multiple times and finally landing in the north bound lane. The accident caused one man to be ejected and partially ejecting another.
"We noticed there was somebody stuck in the car,” said Tederous, “so my husband grabbed something from the car and another trucker grabbed something from his car and started banging out the windshield." Multiple people helped the injured people get out of the car until first responders arrived.
Two men were life flighted to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Four men went to BayMedicalHospital while another was transported to TallahasseeMemorialHospital.
According to Trooper Hardy the investigation is ongoing, "We still need to speak to the driver due to his injuries and being treated by EMS he was in and out of consciousness."
According to FHP, the five men in the vehicle were from DothanAlabama. Trooper Hardy says this is an example of why you must always be alert and cautious behind the wheel, "If you do leave the roadway for whatever reason don't panic, straighten the wheel and you can steer yourself back on the road but jerking the wheel will causing you to overcorrect will cause the vehicle to loose control."
The Florida Highway Patrol says that 64-year-old Willis Rambo, Sr. from Dothan, AL was killed in the accident. He was a passenger in the Avalanche driven by his son, 36-year-old Willis Rambo Jr., who was listed in serious condition. Three passengers, 56-year-old Nathaniel Patterson, 46-year-old Michael Snell and 43-year-old Roy Thomas all from Dothan, were injured in the accident.