August 24, 2016
According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) news release, Thomas Melton Rutherford suffered critical injuries after colliding with a train in Holt Wednesday evening.
At approximately 5:27 pm, Rutherford, while driving a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo, was traveling South on Summertime Dr just North of U.S. Hwy 90 at the railroad crossing. A CSX train was traveling East on the railroad tracks approaching Summertime Drive.
For an unknown reason, Rutherford traveled around the crossing gates and proceeded South on Summertime Drive. As Rutherford attempted to cross the railroad tracks, the front of the train collided with the right front of the Isuzu, spinning it counterclockwise until it came to rest facing Southwest.
Rutherford was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola in Critical condition. Rutherford was not wearing his seatbelt and alcohol tests are pending.