DESTIN — The Mid-Bay Bridge was shut down for nearly three hours Sunday night after a three-car crash that sent two people to the hospital.
According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, at 11:15 p.m. Sunday a Toyota Camry driven by 33-year-old Lonnie Mercer of Niceville was traveling south on the Mid-Bay Bridge when the car crossed the center line and entered the northbound lane.
Mercer's car collided with a Honda CR-V driven by 43-year-old Tong Yan Huang, also of Niceville. Both cars spun in a counterclockwise direction and one of the cars struck a third vehicle, a Hyundai driven by 18-year-old Jami Norton of Niceville.
The Camry came to a rest facing east, blocking the southbound travel lane. The remaining two cars came to a rest blocking the northbound lane.
Mercer and Huang both suffered serious injuries and were taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, according to the press release. Norton suffered minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.
All drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, according to the FHP. Mercer was charge with failing to maintain the lane.