Chipley man hurt when his tractor-trailer is struck

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 04:48 PM.

CHIPLEY — Chipley, Marianna and Quincy residents were listed as being in serious condition Monday following a three-way accident at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 69 in Jackson County.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Abilio Hernandez Avila, 53, of Quincy drove his 1995 Ford pickup into the intersection while facing a steady red traffic signal as Christopher Shawn Owns, 32, of Chipley was making a turn in his 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer.

Avila’s pickup struck the tanker-trailer Owns was hauling, forcing the tractor-trailer to jackknife, at which point the trailer struck the left side of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Nelson Garlo, 43, of Marianna. Garlo’s pickup was stopped at the intersection, according to the report.

As a result of the accident, the tanker-trailer detached from Owns’ truck and rolled onto its left side, allowing the contents, liquid tar, to empty onto the roadway.

Emergency management was contacted and the county haz-mat team was contacted through the fire department.

Avila was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, while Owns and Garlo were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, according to the report.

Charges are pending further investigation.

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