2 killed in crash on I-295 at JTB

4 others injured in overnight crash that closed highway for 8 hours


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two passengers in an SUV were killed early Monday morning in a crash on Jacksonville's Southside, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a Toyota Sequoia towing a U-Haul trailer and a Ford Five Hundred sedan were headed north on Interstate 295 near the Butler Boulevard interchange about 12:30 a.m. when the car left the road and struck the concrete median, re-entered the road and struck the U-Haul. That caused the SUV to overturn several times, ejecting a man and a woman, who were both killed.

Quillermina Cruz, 42, of Tarboro, North Carolina, and a 39-year-old man from Frostproof, Florida, whose name was withheld pending notification of family, died at the scene. According to the FHP report, neither was wearing a seat belt.

The other three passengers, all from North Carolina, were taken to hospitals with serious or minor injuries. The driver was not injured.

Korey Short, 21, who was driving the Ford, also suffered minor injuries.

According to the FHP report, charges are pending.

All northbound lanes of Interstate 295 at Butler Boulevard remained closed until about 8:45 a.m. while the accident was investigated and cleared.