UPDATED: One killed, one seriously injured in early morning accident

Published: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 08:38 AM.

One Port St. Joe man was killed and a second seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident in Wewahitchka early Friday morning.

Christopher Acree, 26, was killed in the accident, which occured on Lake Grove Road near Canning Drive in the Red Bull Island area in Wewahitchka.

A passenger, Phillip Fleming, 22, of Wewahitchka was taken to Bay Medical Center with what Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent said were serious injuries.

Another passenger, Benjamin Hobbs of Mexico Beach, walked away from the accident without injury.

The three were in a small pickup driving from Red Bull Island into Wewahitchka when the truck crossed the center line of Lake Grove Road, left the road and continued another estimated 75 feet into a culvert before hitting a telephone pole, Nugent said.

It was not known at this time if the three were wearing seat belts.

The FHP is attributing the cause of the accident to the high rate of speed the truck was traveling as it entered a turn near Canning Drive.

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