ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Two men were hurt, one seriously, in a crash Friday involving a loaded septic tanker truck and a boat-towing pickup truck that shut down a portion of northbound Interstate 95 in St. Johns County for hours, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
It happened just before noon near State Road 16. For about three and a half hours, traffic was getting around the crash on the left paved shoulder of the interstate. Shortly before 4:45 p.m., all northbound lanes had reopened.
According to The Florida Highway Patrol, a loaded septic tanker truck was heading north on I-95 in the right lane when, for unknown reasons, it went off the road. Troopers said the tanker driver then overcorrected and hit the trailer of a pickup truck that was towing a boat in the center lane.
Troopers said the boat separated, and the tanker driver lost control and overturned. According to FHP, the boat and trailer ended up on the right shoulder.
According to troopers, the passenger of the tanker, a 52-year-old Jacksonville man, was seriously injured, and the driver of the tanker, a 30-year-old Jacksonville man, suffered minor injuries. An FHP news release shows it’s unknown whether the 52-year-old was wearing a seat belt.
Troopers said the driver of the pickup truck, a 58-year-old St. Augustine man, and the passenger of the pickup, a 54-year-old St. Augustine woman, were not hurt. The FHP news release shows the 54-year-old was not wearing a seat belt.