The Florida Highway Patrol said a 32-year old local man was killed in a traffic crash on Pine Forest Road near 9 1/2 Mile Road Friday morning, and two Emerald Coast Utility Authority workers were seriously injured. Troopers said 32-year old Blake Wartenbe (“Wart-En-Bee”) was southbound on Pine Forest Road when he attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and collided head-on with an ECUA sanitation pickup truck driven by 47-year old Robert Bodiford of Pensacola. Wartenbe was pronounced dead at the scene. Bodiford and his passenger, 62-year old Horace Green, were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in serious condition.

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