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.