I have to say – in the two years of blogging, I have not read about a crash that caused DOT to have to close part of the highway to resurface the road because the road was damaged from the crash. How horrible. My thoughts go out to all those injured in these accidents. Channel 4 gave extensive coverage about the accidents. One of the accidents caused a fire that consumed several vehicles and burned for hours.
After one driver and a 17-year-old passenger died late Saturday afternoon in a wreck in Flagler County, a tractor-trailer slammed into traffic backed up from the first wreck, resulting in a pileup in southern St. Johns County that killed three adults and a 1-year-old boy and started a fire that burned well into the night. All southbound traffic was diverted off I-95 at State Road 206 for more than 16 hours while the accident was investigated and resulting wreckage was cleared. Repairs are scheduled for Wednesday night for a section of Interstate 95 in southern St. Johns County damaged by a fiery fatal crash. Two southbound lanes will be closed between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. The location is mile marker 301, three miles north of U.S. 1 (Exit 298), north of the St. Johns-Flagler county line.
The Florida Highway Patrol said at least eight cars and three commercial motor vehicles were involved in the St. Johns County wreck that occurred about 7:40 p.m. Saturday. FHP said traffic was detoured from I-95 southbound to the exit of U.S. 1 due to the Flagler County crash. Several vehicles stopped awaiting the detour were struck by a tractor-trailer. The result was a chain-reaction crash that started a fire that burned for hours.
In the Flagler County crash (which troopers believed caused the pile up which was a factor in the second accident), troopers say a Chevrolet Silverado north on I-95 and for some reason drifted across the highway. That truck hit the median and became airborne, traveling over a guardrail, and entered southbound lanes of I-95. The Silverado hit the top of the Honda Civic, and then a third car. The driver of the Civic and a passenger in the Silverado Civic died from their injuries.