Valdosta Daily Times

July 31, 2013

Two injured in I-75 wreck

Passengers extracted from vehicle after tire blew

Staff Reports
Suwannee Democrat

JASPER, Fla. — Two people were seriously injured Tuesday after the truck they were traveling in on I-75 blew a tire, causing it to lose control and roll, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Leola Martin, Carrabelle, Fla., was driving a 2003 Ford truck southbound on I-75 at mile marker 470 around 2:35 p.m. when the right rear tire blew out causing the driver to loose control. After the tire blew, the Ford traveled about 300 feet and left the roadway on the west shoulder. The Ford then traveled about 45 feet on the west shoulder and rolled onto the left side.

Martin, 51, and passenger, Opal Jolly, 71, Tallahassee, had to be extracted from the vehicle.

Southbound traffic was stopped while a life flight helicopter landed on I-75.

According to FHP, both occupants were wearing seat belts.