ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - A 63-year-old man was airlifted to UF Health with serious injuries early Wednesday morning after a crash involving a tractor trailer, an SUV and a pick-up truck hauling a U-Haul trailer full of clams.
Daniel Lindgren of St. Johns was driving his 2003 Nissan Xterra southbound on Interstate 95 when he hit a Chevy pick-up truck that was disabled in the roadway about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the pick-up, driven by 40-year-old Michael Reid of Townsend, Georgia, had been pulling a U-Haul filled with clams southbound on I-95 when it was rear-ended by a semi-truck, driven by 50-year-old James Hatton of Marianna, Florida. The collision cause the pick-up to lose control and jackknife.
The semi then hit the left side of the pick-up, pushing it down the interstate. When the vehicles separated, the semi ended up on the inside shoulder next to the guardrail and the trailer broke from the pick-up.
The pick-up was left disabled on the highway and was struck by Lindgren, who suffered serious injuries. Hatton and Reid suffered minor injuries, according to the FHP report.
One witness said he could see part of the U-Haul trailer wedged under the semi-truck. He said the rest of the trailer was separated about a quarter mile up the road.
All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 at County Road 210 were blocked for several hours but have re-opened. Police were diverting southbound traffic onto Philips Highway via Old St. Augustine Road.
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