Four-car collision on US 331 leaves multiple people injured

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A rear-end collision in Walton County on Friday morning caused a chain reaction of crashes that left multiple people injured.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release, the crash happened at 7:40 a.m. on U.S. 331 near Rock Hill Road in Defuniak Springs.

Details of the press release state that Logan Rhodes, 20, of Defuniak Springs, was driving south on U.S. 331 in his Chevy Silverado and failed to stop behind a vehicle driven by Andrew Partridge, 29, of Paxton, causing Rhodes to rear-end Partridge's vehicle.

The collision caused Partridge's vehicle to travel across the center line of the road, into the northbound lanes of U.S. 331, and into the path of a Dodge Journey driven by Lisa Pitts, 49, of Defuniak Springs, according to the press release.

As a result, Partridge's vehicle collided with Pitts' car head-on, the press release states.

According to the release, Pitts' Dodge Journey then traveled onto the east shoulder of U.S. 331 until its rear-end crashed into a tree.

Further details of the press release state that Kimberly Sanders, 54, of Santa Rosa Beach, was driving a fourth vehicle that was also traveling north on U.S. 331 at the time of the crash.

Sanders' Chevy Equinox collided with Pitt's car before hitting Partridge's car head-on, the press release said.

Pitts sustained critical injuries and was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Partridge suffered serious injuries and Sanders sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital.

Rhodes was uninjured in the crash.

FHP has filed criminal charges for reckless driving in connection with this incident.

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