By September 16, 2013

Tractor Trailer/Car Fatality in DeFuniak Springs …..

Courtesy of WZEP Radio 1460  


Reports from the scene said the vehicle was cut down to just above the tires. Early Sunday afternoon emergency responders were called to the scene of a serious traffic crash. The DeFuniak Springs Police say 44-year-old Tony J. Hayes, of DeFuniak Springs, was killed when his 1994 Blue Chevrolet S-10 Blazer collided with the undercarriage of a semi-tractor trailer, driven by 39-year-old Damon L. Wiggs of South Carolina.


Hayes was traveling north in the outside lane of U.S. Hwy 331, when Wiggs pulled into his pathway. Wiggs advised that he exited I-10 to obtain fuel for his rig. He noticed that there were no stations and began to cross 331 and onto the eastbound on-ramp. According to Wiggs, as he traveled slowly, he observed Hayes’s vehicle, but believed he was going to stop. Wiggs had a passenger, 37-year-old Darold Grimmett, who was sleeping in the cab of the rig during the crash. Neither Wiggs or Grimmett were injured.


Vehicles traveling north were temporarily stopped until the roadway could be cleared. The DeFuniak Springs Fire Department, Walton Fire Rescue, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Transportation assisted in traffic control and scene safety. The Florida Highway Patrol and Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting the DeFuniak Springs Police with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.


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