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Deadly chain reaction crash on I-95 in St. Johns kills at least four Saturday

Florida Highway Patrol car in file photo.
Florida Highway Patrol car in file photo.
Mike Royer

Update: The Florida Highway Patrol reported all lanes of I-95 in St. Johns County open again Sunday afternoon, June 1, at 2:22 p.m.

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A chain-reaction accident on southbound I-95 killed at least four people Saturday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. At least eight vehicles and three commercial motor vehicles were involved in the crash in St. Johns County at mile-marker 301, according to the FHP in Jacksonville. In a preliminary report, troopers say traffic was stopped to detour off the interstate due to another fatal crash, and “…For reasons still under investigation, [a] commercial vehicle was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the rear of other vehicles.” The FHP says “numerous vehicles” also caught fire in the “…multiple vehicle chain reaction style crash.” Troopers said I-95 southbound was expected to remain closed during the morning hours Sunday due to their investigation and because the surface of the interstate will need to be checked by the Florida Department of Transportation and possibly repaired.

According to Florida 511, the area north of the accident on I-95 was experiencing congestion “…beyond State Road 207…” shortly before 9 Sunday morning.

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