A head-on collision at the base of the St. George Island bridge Saturday afternoon took the lives of two motorists and injured four others.
The bridge was shut down all afternoon, cutting off travel to and from the island. It was reopened by about 7 p.m. Saturday evening, after investigators had completed their work.
According to a report filed by Florida Highway Patrol Jonathan Gentry, at about 1:12 p.m., Robert J. Majka, Sr., 70, of Lynn Haven, was driving a 2013 Ford Edge southbound on State Route 300 when he crossed the center line and struck the left front of a 2007 Ford Escape being driven northbound by Deborah J. Roberts, 53 of Franklin, Ohio.
Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and both suffered fatal injuries.
Majka’s passengers, Kathleen A. Majka, 68, of Lynn Haven, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Bay Medical Center in Panama City. A second passenger, Kathryn E. Benner, 65, Panama City Beach, suffered critical injuries and was also rushed by air ambulance to Bay Medical Center. A third passenger, Edward Benner, 63, of Panama City Beach, was in serious condition and transported to Weems Memorial Hospital.
All three passengers wer wearing their seatbelts, the FHP reported. A passenger in Roberts’ vehicle, Suzanne P. Gelser, 57, Springboro, Ohio, was transported to Weems in serious condition.
Alcohol was not identified by FHP as a factor in the crash.
FHP was assisted by Franklin County EMS, fire rescue by Franklin County sheriff’s deputies.