Single-car interstate accident sends two to hospital

HOLT, Fla., July 6, 2021— A woman and a toddler were injured during a single-car accident on Interstate 10 near mile marker 46 during the early morning hours of July 4.

Holt Fire District, responsible for emergency response on that section of the interstate, responded after receiving the call around 2 a.m.

A 36-year-old Merritt Island, Fla., woman and a 3-year-old toddler were transported to the North Okaloosa Medical Center with injuries resulting from the accident.

The accident closed down one lane of I-10 while emergency responders and accident investigators responded to the crash, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office email alert.

Around 1:45 a.m., a Toyota Avalon traveling west on the interstate spun out of control after drifting from the outside travel lane onto the shoulder of the highway, according to a Florida Highway Patrol traffic crash report.

The driver over-corrected, causing the sedan to spin counterclockwise back across both lanes of travel before the back end of the vehicle hit the guardrail on the south side of the westbound lanes.

The car continued its counterclockwise spin, moving back across both lanes to the north, hitting the guardrail on the shoulder with the front of the car.

According to the crash report, the driver claimed she was hit from behind by another driver; however, the FHP investigation did not find any evidence of the involvement of a second vehicle.

Both the driver and the 3-year-old passenger were transported by Okaloosa County EMS to the North Okaloosa Medical Center with injuries.

Holt Fire District is responsible for approximately 9 miles of the interstate in both directions of I-10 exit 45, and assists Crestview Fire Department and Harold Fire District with emergency response when called.

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