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Crashes, flooding snarl traffic following storm

Numerous crashes reported after heavy storms move through Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Interstate 10 at McDuff Avenue was blocked by a tractor-trailer crash; flooding blocked I-95 southbound at the Fuller Warren Bridge, and wrecks or obstruction on the Mathews Bridge, Cassat Avenue and San Jose Boulevard snarled traffic Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

There was no indication that anyone was seriously injured in the accidents.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the I-10 crash as a result of the driver of an eastbound BMW going too fast for conditions about 2:30 p.m. and hydroplaning, striking the rear of the big rig. The tractor-trailer struct the barrier wall, sending concrete debris into the westbound lanes, which cased a second crash involving four other vehicles.

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Lanes in both directions of I-10 were blocked for nearly three hours. The BMW driver, Bobby Dezfuli, 30, of Gainesville, was cited with traveling too fast for conditions.

Flooding at the foot of the Fuller Warren Bridge that blocked all but one lane southbound traffic drained off and I-95 in the area returned to normal by 5 p.m. 

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All lanes of Cassat Avenue at Normandy Boulevard were closed due to a crash with injuries shortly before 4:30 p.m. 

About an hour later a crash with injuries blocked the westbound lanes of the Mathews Bridge. The lanes reopened about 8:45 p.m.

The intersection of San Jose Boulevard and University Boulevard West was blocked by an obstruction from just after 7 p.m. until after 9 p.m.