Walton Co. accident closes eastbound I-10 lanes

Lanes were closed for more than seven hours

By Maggie Solomon | msolomon@wmbb.com

Published 11/30 2015 07:23PM

Updated 11/30 2015 07:23PM

A multi-vehicle accident in Walton County shut down a section of Interstate 10 for hours on Monday as crews worked to clean up spilled diesel fuel and cargo from the trucks involved. The driver who caused the accident is facing careless driving charges.
"At about 5:08 this morning, we had a semi that ran off the right shoulder," said Sgt. Ron Livingston with Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver of the semi, 40-year-old Brian Vermilya, fell asleep at the wheel while driving down towards DeFuniak Springs.
"Went to overcorrect, rolled several times and came to a final rest," said Livingston. 
Subsequently, that caused three other semi's to crash as well as an additional vehicle. According to the FHP report, fog played a factor.
"We were very fortunate in this one that no one was hurt seriously," said Livingston.
The vehicles involved were not so lucky; damages are estimated at more than 362,000 dollars. Once the scene was secure, crews then worked to clear the mess.
"We've had the road shut down so we can offload all of the cargo off of this trailer so that they can turn it," said Livingston.
Men transferring boxes on boxes out of the flipped semi and onto a different truck to continue their journey. Also, crews had to clean diesel fuel that had spilt into the road way as well as fix damage to the guard rail.

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