Police: 1 dead, 1 injured in wrong-way crash on Arlington Expressway
Off-duty officer tried to stop SUV traveling east in westbound lanes before it collided head-on with another vehicle, JSO says
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One person died and another was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a wrong-way crash Sunday morning on Arlington Expressway, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.
About 8:20 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office said, an off-duty officer was traveling west on the Mathews Bridge when he saw a sport utility vehicle traveling east in the westbound lanes.
The Sheriff’s Office said the officer turned around in an attempt to stop the SUV, and as the officer approached the SUV, the SUV struck a vehicle on the bridge.
The SUV did not stop and continued to travel east in the westbound lanes as the officer continued to try to stop the SUV and called for assistance, police said. The SUV then went underneath the Cesery Boulevard overpass and struck another vehicle head-on as that vehicle was traveling west on Arlington Expressway, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The drivers of both vehicles were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the other vehicle later died, police said.
Traffic homicide detectives are investigating.
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