OKALOOSA COUNTY — A tractor-trailer emitting an "extreme" amount of smoke during mechanical issues caused another trailer to overturn and a second vehicle to crash Thursday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported 41-year-old Dwayne Carlton Page of Alabama pulled over his tractor-trailer on the north shoulder of Interstate 10 just west of State Road 85 at 6 a.m. after smoke began pouring out of the engine. The driver called a wrecker, according to a press release from FHP, and pulled into the left lane of traffic and attempted to make a U-turn to properly align the truck with the wrecker.
A Nissan Juke, driven by 25-year-old Neal Schiesske of Pace, was traveling west and was forced to steer sharply to the left, partially entering the grass median, to avoid hitting Page. Schiesske began rotating clockwise and slid across both westbound lanes and onto the north shoulder of the road. The vehicle crashed with several small trees.
Another tractor-trailer driven by 56-year-old Randall Dean Low of Pensacola also was forced to sharply steer left onto the grass median to avoid hitting Page. Low struggled to regain control of his vehicle and the second trailer being towed by Low overturned onto its left side. Low's tractor-trailer came to rest facing west in the grass median of Interstate 10.
There were no injuries reported.
Page was charged with an improper U-turn.