A 19-year-old Clarksville man died around 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon in a three vehicle accident on SR 20 near CR 275. Deputies were able to pull the victim from his burning truck before it became engulfed in flames, then attempted life-saving measures but unfortunately the driver had already passed away at the scene. It was the second traffic fatality in a five day period on SR 20 happening only a few miles apart.
The Clarksville man was driving a Chevrolet pickup eastbound on SR 20, just past CR 275 and for unknown reasons ran off the wet roadway and onto the grass shoulder. He attempted to steer back onto the roadway but overcorrected the steering causing the truck to enter back onto the roadway. Another pickup, driven by a 66 Panama City man, was traveling westbound on SR 20 as the Chevrolet crossed over both lanes and collided with the eastbound truck’s right passenger side as both vehicles traveled to the north shoulder of SR 20. A fire started in in the Chevrolet truck as deputies arrived on scene. The Panama City man was seriously injured in the collision.
A third vehicle was traveling westbound behind the Panama City man’s truck and came in contact with debris from the collision and steered to the south shoulder causing a minor crash.
Assisting at the scene were Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Blountstown Police Department, Carr-Clarksville Fire Department, Westside Fire Department and Calhoun County EMS.