At least 1 dead in icy crashes on I-10

Multiple crashes on an icy Interstate 10 bridge in Santa Rosa County have resulted in at least one fatality.

The victim was removed from the cab of a submerged truck that went off the bridge in one of at least two collisions, Santa Rosa County spokeswoman Sarah Whitfieldsaid said.

At press time divers were searching for another person who was missing and believed to have also gone into the water, Whitfield said.

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Escambia County Sheriff’s Office divers were on the scene Tuesday night and Wednesday. The U.S. Coast Guard was participating in the search.

The 7 p.m. crash involved four tractor trailers and a van pulling a U-haul trailer. It occurred in the westbound lane of I-10 and “one of the tractors traveled over the concrete bridge rail and fell into the water below,” the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release.

Two were missing and considered “possible fatalities in the water,” the FHP report said. The confirmed death was one of the two missing.

One of the tractor trailer drivers was treated for minor injuries by emergency personnel responding to the scene, FHP reported.

Weather conditions were deteriorating at the time of the accident, the report said.

Reports indicated that some of the rescue crews encountered trouble of their own on the icy overpass.

“It was chaos out there,” said Bill Thompson, chief of the East Milton Fire Department.

The bridge was still closed Wednesday, Thompson said.

“There is debris from one end to another,” he said Wednesday. “They are moving the last two 18-wheelers off the bridge today.”

Emergency crews from Avalon and Bagdad also responded.

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Tom McLaughlin at 850-315-4435 or tmclaughlin@nwfdailynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomMnwfdn. Santa Rosa Press Gazette Editor Lynne Hough contributed to this story.

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