Traffic Accident Leaves Local Man With Serious Injuries

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

A 35-year-old Woodville man was seriously injured in a two vehicle traffic accident involving a 2008 Z 71 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 2005 Freightliner 78,000 pound fully loaded semi tractor trailer at 3:53 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 267 and Spring Creek Highway, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit responded and determined that William Bert Causseaux, 35, of Woodville was northbound on Spring Creek Highway when he failed to stop for the stop sign at Highway 267.

Causseaux crashed his Chevrolet four wheel drive truck into the side of a wood chip truck operated eastbound on Highway 267 by Lee Roy Burns, 69, of Jay. The impact of the crash caused the tractor trailer to jack-knife as it was sliding across the eastbound lane, the turn lane and the westbound lane before coming to a rest in a ditch 308 feet from impact. Burns was not injured in the accident.

The Chevrolet ricocheted off the tractor trailer and overturned off the southeast side of the roadway.

The crash punctured the diesel fuel tank of the tractor trailer and spilled approximately 50 gallons of fuel at the site. Wakulla County Emergency Management contacted the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to supervise the fuel clean-up.

Causseaux was extricated out of the Chevrolet by Wakulla Fire Rescue emergency workers. He suffered head and neck injuries and was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he is in the Intensive Care Unit. Causseaux has been charged with failure to stop at a stop sign and a criminal DUI investigation is underway to determine if the accident was alcohol related.

Debris was all over the highway and Captain Billy Jones and Lt. Dale Evans closed the highway for four hours and rerouted traffic to conduct a traffic reconstruction at the site. The Chevrolet truck was a total loss and the tractor trailer also suffered heavy damage. WCSO road patrol deputies also assisted at the scene.

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  • by cory d on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:19 AM
    People need to stop just bashing william we don't know what happened let them figure it out, but he is still a human and nobodys perfect no not even the people bashing him.
  • by so sad Location: cville on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    William is a really nice guy and would do ANYTHING for anyone, and yes he had a bad habit of drinking and driving but who hasn't done it. I know SEVERAL/MAJORITY of Wakulla Fire/Rescue, EMS, and Sheriff's Department who do it. So it's pretty sad to sit and point the finger as if you have never done it.
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      by Noname' on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM in reply to so sad
      So sad, I guess we know which person at the Sheriff's Office was drinking and driving. However, he was patted on the hand like it was okay and got away with it.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:31 PM in reply to so sad
      I have never done it. i am sure there are many others. Don't make an excuse for it because "everybody does it" because everybody does not do it.
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      by Una on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to so sad
      Never "done it". Ever.
  • by firerescue Location: Crawfordville on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    If people wouldn't DRINK and DRIVE, we would have a LOT less accidents. I really hope this guy remembers this the next time he goes out drinking.
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      by Tallahassee on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to firerescue
      I don't think you should drink and drive either. But, you need to remember that this gentleman has family members and young children. You not need to be bashing him on here. I guess fire rescue is high and mighty.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:35 AM in reply to firerescue
      It doesnt say that he WAS drinking and driving. It says it is under investigation. Get your facts straight.
  • by Richelle Location: Crawfordville on Apr 27, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for both involved in the accident. Thank you to all of our professonally trained law officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical responders for all you do everyday. I feel safe driving home knowing you are there.
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      by Natty Bumpo on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:38 AM in reply to Richelle
      Wishes for a "speedy" recovery may not be best in this particular case.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:33 AM in reply to Natty Bumpo
        Are you an idiot? Why wouldnt a SPEEDY recovery be best?
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        by Susan on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to Natty Bumpo
        How would u feel if someone said that same thing about someone u know, care for or a loved one of urs? Where's the humanity in society anymore. Thats just wrong to say that!!!!
  • by Just South of Woodville Location: Wakulla Springs on Apr 27, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    **Hugs and prayers*** to the Causseaux and Thomas families.
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      by Wakulla on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM in reply to Just South of Woodville
      Thoughts and prayers are with this family; especially his 2 boys! Praying for you William!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    Praying for you William! Hope you have a speedy recovery!
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