Pensacola man injured, traffic stalled in I-75 crash

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 8:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 8:39 a.m.

A Pensacola man was seriously injured and northbound traffic was stalled as a result of a Wednesday night crash on Interstate 75.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened at about 9:30 p.m. near mile marker 396, which is between the U.S. 441 exit inAlachua and the County Road 232 overpass.

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Those involved were identified by FHP as Valdosta Buckhanon, 47, of Georgia and Charles English, 45, of Pensacola.

FHP Trooper Rick Brown said Buckhanon, who was not injured, was driving a 1997 pick up that was pulling a 26-foot-long enclosed trailer. English was the only other person in the truck and he was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, according to Brown's report on the crash.

Based on statements from witnesses and evidence at the scene, Brown determined that while the Chevrolet was headed north in the outside lane, a semi passed it in the center lane. The enclosed trailer began to fishtail in the draft created by the passing semi, Brown said, and the pick up and trailer left the freeway and overturned on the east shoulder.

The enclosed trailer remained attached to the pick up when the truck and trailer came to a stop.

Traffic was reduced to one and two lanes northbound until the wreckage could be cleared, according to FHP.

Brown said no charges would be filed. Both men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

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