ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Traffic on Interstate 95 near Race Track Road crawled through most of Tuesday morning’s commute after multiple crashes in the southbound lanes involving three pickup trucks and a van. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, four drivers were hospitalized with serious injuries.
Troopers said it started when a Georgia man in a pickup was trying to pass a car when he lost control about 6:11 a.m. The pickup rolled over and struck the guard rail. A Jacksonville man stopped his pickup truck to get out and help when his vehicle was struck by another pickup. The driver who was out trying to help was struck by an object flying from the secondary crash.
Two of the victims were airlifted, one being the good Samaritan, and two taken by ground ambulance. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, according to Sgt. Dylan Bryan.
Traffic was diverted through a rest stop past the exit for Race Track Road until about 8:30 a.m. when two of three lanes reopened. The crash wasn’t cleared until 10,18 a.m., according to FHP.
Southbound traffic was backed up for miles for about four hours. Northbound traffic was also slow in the area during the early morning hours.