2 dead, 2 hurt in crash on I-95 in Nassau County, FHP says

2-vehicle wreck blocked all northbound lanes of I-95 near US 17 for more than 2 hours

A Florida Department of Transportation camera shows a crash Thursday in Nassau County. (Florida 511)

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Two people from Yulee died and two other people were injured in a crash Thursday morning on Interstate 95 in Nassau County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the two-vehicle crash happened around 9:45 a.m. on northbound I-95, just south of U.S. Highway 17.

According to the Highway Patrol, a Ford sedan was heading north on I-95 in the center lane when, for reasons still under investigation, it made an abrupt lane change and struck the side of a GMC sport utility vehicle traveling in the left lane. That’s when, troopers said, the sedan spun and struck the guardrail in the center median. The SUV stopped on the right side of I-95 North, troopers said.

The driver of the car, an 81-year-old Yulee man, died at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol. The passenger of the car, an 85-year-old Yulee woman, was transported to a hospital, where she died, troopers said.

The SUV driver, a 77-year-old Dunnellon woman, and SUV passenger, an 84-year-old Dunnellon man, suffered minor injuries and were also taken to a hospital, according to FHP.

All northbound lanes of I-95 in the area were blocked for about two and a half hours but reopened just after 12:30 p.m.

Drivers were asked to use an alternate route, and troopers suggested a detour route of northbound I-95 to State Road 200 East to U.S. 17 North to I-95 North. At one point, traffic was also going through on the right shoulder.

Troopers are investigating. They originally said that the preliminary investigation revealed three vehicles were involved in the wreck, but they later said only two were involved.

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