JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was involved in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 295 near the Dames Point Bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The rookie star was not injured and was not at fault in the crash, troopers said. They said a passenger in Fournette's car was also OK.
FHP Sgt. Dylan Bryan said the chain-reaction crash happened about 11:40 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-295 near Heckscher Drive. Fournette's 2017 Mercedes-Benz Maybach was rear-ended.
Fournette's Mercedes Benz was one of three vehicles in a crash on the northern approach to the Dames Point Bridge.
Troopers said that a woman in an SUV who caused the crash was cited for careless driving. She caused the pile up when the drivers in front of her slowed for traffic, the FHP said.
Troopers said it was a fairly minor fender-bender and no one was hurt.
Despite the scare before the biggest game of his career, Fournette appeared unfazed, even posing for a photo with first responders and a child involved in the wreck.
Fournette even signed the smashed rear bumper that fell off his $200,000 car, giving it to a first responder.
The photo of the signed bumper quickly went viral, shared by TMZ and the NFL Network.
Special Thanks to @Jaguars Leonard @_fournette for being a true professional. He took the time to take a photo with boy involved in crash and to thank our trooper for his service. We are glad to hear of no injuries in this crash. pic.twitter.com/ICQSKL9tAw — FHPJacksonville (@FhpJacksonville) January 16, 2018
Tad Dickman, with the Jaguars communication office, said Fournette, the team's first-round NFL Draft pick, was able to drive himself home.
"Appreciate everyone that has reached out to check on him," Dickman tweeted.
The FHP supervisor at the scene told News4Jax that no Patriots or Steelers were involved in the crash.
The crash temporarily blocked one lane of the highway, but it was cleared by 1:15 p.m.
Fournette will be headed to New England this weekend with the rest of the Jaguars as they take on the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
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