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I-95 Northbound re-opens in Flagler County after Tuesday morning accident

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Northbound I-95 in Flagler County re-opened late Tuesday afternoon, after a Jacksonville man was killed in an accident early Tuesday morning that closed the northbound interstate most of the day. The Florida Highway Patrol says 41-year old Christopher James Mceuen was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash at the 290 mile marker in Palm Coast. The accident happened at 4:18 Tuesday morning when troopers say Mceuen’s fuel tanker “…struck the left rear portion of [a tractor trailer also northbound on I-95].” The FHP says the tanker then turned onto its side, ignited and was engulfed in flames, and Mceuen was unable to get out of the truck. The FHP said the fuel tanker had been carrying “…gasoline or diesel product.” Troopers say the driver of the tractor trailer, a 33-year old Winter Haven man, was not injured in the accident, but was arrested on “…an unrelated charge.” The FHP says the driver was cooperating with accident investigators.

Troopers said “…the extensive heat from the crash…” damaged the interstate severely and required emergency repairs to be made to the road. Following the repair work, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said the northbound interstate between Palm Coast and U.S. 1 was being re-opened at around 5:15 Tuesday afternoon. During the day, northbound interstate traffic was detoured west to U.S. 1 and then north to I-95 while repairs were made to the road.

Click here to visit the Florida Highway Patrol website.

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