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Apalachicola man escapes injuries after SUV overturns

A 19-year-old Apalachicola man escaped serious injury Thursday evening when the sports utility vehicle he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned on U.S. 98.

According to a press release issued by Florida Highway Patrol Troop, the SUV was traveling east on U.S. 98 around 7:20 p.m. in the eastbound lane while negotiating a left curve just west of Hidden Beaches Road.

The driver was not wearing his seatbelt when the vehicle left the roadway on to the south shoulder of US 98 and continued east before its front bumper collided with a utility power pole. After the collision, the SUV continued east on the south shoulder before overturning and coming to rest on its roof facing south.

The  Florida Highway Patrol was assisted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Carrabelle Police Department, Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Department and Weems Emergency Medical Services.

The injuries to the driver were reported as minor.

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