Truck catches fire after head-on crash, shuts down I-295 near Monument Road for hours

A crash on I-295 at Monument Road causes hours-long delays. (Florida Department of Transportation / FL 511)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A head-on crash early Saturday morning on I-295 near Monument Road left two people seriously injured and shut down the highway for hours because of a vehicle fire.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, just after 1 a.m., a 48-year-old man from Palacios, Texas, was driving the wrong way on the northbound side of I-295, north of Monument Road when he hit a car head-on.

The 21-year-old woman driving the car suffered critical injuries. The man in the truck was also seriously injured, troopers said.

According to the report, both were wearing seat belts.

After the collision, the truck caught fire, and initially, both directions of Interstate 295 were shut down. The southbound lanes reopened after 6 a.m. and the northbound lanes reopened just after 9:30 a.m.

Vehicle crash at I-295 and Monument Road (Florida Department of Transportation / FL 511)

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