Semi tangle on I-10 closes interstate

Holt Fire District responds to a rollover crash between a tanker and tractor trailer on Interstate 10 Jan. 7. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office photo)

HOLT, Fla., Jan. 7, 2022—Two semis collided this afternoon closing Interstate 10 westbound in Holt today.

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, no injuries were reported.

Holt Fire District, along with the Crestview Fire Department, Okaloosa County EMS, Florida Highway Patrol and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident.

The two trucks–one tanker and one dry van–overturned on the north side of the westbound lanes of I-10 at mile marker 44 around 2:51 p.m. after the van merged from the north shoulder in front of the tanker traveling in the outside interstate lane.

The van came to rest in a wooded area while the tanker stopped wheels up.

The Florida Highway Patrol closed I-10 at Holt’s exit 45, diverting all westbound traffic north to U.S. Highway 90 while first responders cleared the area and FHP conducted an accident investigation.

The detour bogged down traffic on Log Lake Road north, snarled Hwy 90 in both directions and slowed I-10 westbound traffic to a near standstill for almost 4 miles.

The inside westbound lane of I-10 finally reopened around 4:45 p.m. after an hour-and-a-half closure.

Congestion from an Interstate 10 detour at exit 45 in Holt resulted in a minor traffic accident in front of the community center Jan. 7. (photo by Sherry Cregger)

In the midst of the activity, Holt Fire also responded to a minor traffic accident on Hwy 90 in front of the community center around 3:30 p.m. involving a sedan and an SUV pulling a U-Haul trailer.

The accident was due to traffic congestion around the Log Lake-Hwy 90 intersection.

No one was injured in the crash.

No sooner had Holt Fire been released from the semi crash at mile marker 44, than an emergency call went out at 6 p.m. asking for support from Holt’s tanker truck for an RV fire on I-10 eastbound at mile marker 54.

But the day wasn’t over for Holt Fire response on I-10.

The fire district responded to an emergency medical call at 8 p.m. at mile marker 47 westbound, then to yet another crash, this one with injuries, at mile marker 48 eastbound at 8:30 p.m.

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