Accident occurred near Chipley on I-10

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

The van slid across the median and westbound lanes of Interstate 10 and flipped several times before coming to rest on the shoulder of the road.

Patricia Baker, a 56-year-old who called Fort Walton Beach home on her Facebook page, also died in the accident.

Baker lived in DeFuniak Springs and worked as a correctional officer at the state prison located in north Walton County, acquaintances said.

The Bay County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted external examinations of all three bodies Monday and anticipates releasing them to funeral homes today, said investigator Whit Majors.

Ten people were traveling in the van that left DeFuniak Springs at 7:34 a.m., Saturday, apparently bound for Tallahassee for a women’s group conference.

Dr. Willie Blackmon, who with his wife, Pastor Brenda Blackmon, runs the Gospel of the Kingdom Church, would say only that the event was “an outing” but did confirm that he is the owner of the van that wrecked.

“The police report has been released to the insurance company,” Blackmon said before hanging up to tend to phone calls from church members grieving the loss of friends and family.

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