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Midnight car carrier and tractor-trailer crash sends untethered vehicles across Interstate 95

Photo shows crews on the scene of a tractor-trailer crash that occurred after midnight Wednesday. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Investigators with Florida Highway Patrol are working to understand what caused a crash with two tractor-trailers after midnight Wednesday.

The initial FHP crash report shows that the driver of a tractor-trailer carrying 9 vehicles lost control of the semi while traveling southbound on Interstate 95 at State Road 104.

The semi veered into the left travel lane, hitting a median guardrail fence. As it began overturning, a vehicle on the trailer became untethered, entered the northbound lanes, and hit a different, oncoming tractor-trailer head-on.

Six more of the vehicles were also untethered and ended in the center median lanes. The crash also caused a major fuel spill in which hazmat teams were called to clean up. The hazmat team contained the fuel spill and left before 2 a.m.

Almost 7 hours later, investigators and tow trucks were able to document and clear the wreckage. All lanes of the interstate were blocked on the southbound side during the investigation and delays stacked up for miles behind it.

Each truck was carrying a driver and passenger. One woman in the southbound-traveling tractor-trailer had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The crash report shows everyone was wearing their seatbelts.

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