Fiery crash was like being in 'action movie,' survivor says

Wreck involving big rig truck blocked lanes of I-295 at Roosevelt for hours

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man who survived a fiery crash on I-295 said the car he was riding in spun across the highway and was pinned against a guardrail before a tractor-trailer burst into flames.

"It was like being in an action movie. It was like being in a film, except a lot scarier," Matthew Boyette said.

Boyette told News4Jax the crash was the result of another car that forced his mother, who was driving their car, to take evasive action. The crash, which occurred Monday on I-295 at Roosevelt Boulevard, blocked lanes of the highway for hours.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Mazda Miata and the semi were traveling north on the interstate when the Miata sideswiped the semi.

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Boyette, who was in the Miata with his mother, said a red car that was merging onto the interstate from Roosevelt caused them to crash.

"They merged into us and I yelled, 'Look out!' and mom took evasive action," Boyette said. "I feel like we had a guardian angel looking out for us."

Boyette said his mother was forced into the same lane as the tractor-trailer, causing the crash. He said the driver of the red car sped off.

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