Cops: 500,000 fentanyl pills found in Arizona traffic stop
Two women were arrested after about 500,000 fentanyl pills were found in an SUV pulled over for speeding on Interstate 10 in Arizona, police said. The pills were found concealed in collagen supplement bottles on Monday during a search that also turned up a handgun and a large amount of cash, police from the small city of Casa Grande south of Phoenix said in a statement. In the Arizona traffic stop, Martha Lopez, 31, and Tania Luna Solis, 30, were arrested on suspicion of crimes including possession of a narcotic drug for sale, according to police.news.yahoo.com
FHP: 2 seriously hurt after overturned semi, fuel spill shuts down WB I-10 near Chaffee Road for hours
Two people were injured, according to troopers, after a semitruck overturned on westbound Interstate 10 just before Chaffee Road, causing a fuel leak that shut down the interstate for hours Tuesday morning during rush hour as the Hazmat team was called to clean up the spill and crews worked to get the semi back upright.
FDOT using wrong-way cameras in Jacksonville to help prevent crashes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In four days, there have been two wrong-way crashes reported in Jacksonville that have resulted in the deaths of three people. Saturday, another head-on crash involving a wrong-way driver killed a man on Interstate 295 near Beach Boulevard. The Florida Department of Transportation hopes wrong-way cameras will help prevent future crashes. The sensor picks up the wrong-way driver, signs illuminate and the FHP is notified. Ray said the FDOT added 90 wrong-way signs and pavement markings last year in the city.
FHP: 2 killed in wrong-way head-on crash on I-10
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two people were killed Tuesday night in a head-on collision on Interstate 10 eastbound near Roosevelt Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP said a black SUV was travelling east in the westbound lanes. A white Volkswagen was traveling eastbound when they both collided shortly after 8:30 p.m. The FHP did not release their names, but said next of kin had been notified. News4Jax followed up with FHP to ask how the vehicles collided head-on.
Cyclist injured in semi-truck crash on U.S. 301, troopers say
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A cyclist was critically injured Monday in a crash involving a semi-truck on U.S. 301, authorities said. The collision happened shortly before 4 p.m. on U.S. 301 just north of where it meets Interstate 10, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers told News4Jax the cyclist was rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. It wasn’t immediately clear Monday afternoon how the crash occurred.
Driver who left I-10 in Baker County pulled from creek
GLEN ST. MARY, Fla. – A car drove off Interstate 10 just east of the Glen St Mary exit in Baker County at midday Wednesday and went into Little St. Marys River. The driver, a woman who troopers believe may have had a medical issue behind the wheel, was rescued from the water and treated at the scene. There was a second crash on I-10 after the initial incident. This story will be updated when FHP releases its preliminary report.
Woman wants to thank good Samaritans who helped her after ‘horrific wreck’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman is searching for the good Samaritans who she said saved her life after a crash this month. “They were young kids, and I just want to shake their hands and hug them or just thank them for saving my life,” Robin Sims told News4Jax. “Someone kept on swerving in and out of the lanes, and my truck didn’t have really good brakes,” she recalled. Sims said she now hopes to find the good Samaritans to thank them for giving her a second chance at life. “I just want to thank them and tell them I wish there were more good people like them.”If you know who the good Samaritans are, email email@example.com.
Naked man driving stolen JSO cruiser crashes into woods on I-10
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A naked man driving a stolen Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cruiser crashed into the woods just off Interstate 10 on Thursday as a News4Jax crew watched the incident unfold. According to a JSO arrest report, a 22-year-old man was driving his roommate’s car and got into a crash. A man driving a stolen Jacksonville Sheriff's Office cruiser that crashed into the woods along I-10 is taken into custody. Stolen Jacksonville Sheriff's Office cruiser crashed into the woods along I-10. The naked man drove the JSO vehicle erratically and it crashed into the trees a few minutes later.
2 hurt in Lackawanna shooting, Jacksonville police say
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two people were injured in a shooting early Tuesday evening in the Lackawanna neighborhood, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. Police said they found an adult suffering from non-life-threatening wounds as a result of gunfire. A short time later, according to police, another adult walked into a hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries stemming from the same incident. The Sheriff’s Office described both victims as being in their mid-20s. Police said they’re talking to a person of interest in the case, but anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500.
Jacksonville police investigate Lane Avenue shooting
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One person was shot Monday night in the area of a hotel on Lane Avenue South, just north of Interstate 10, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. Officers said that when they arrived around 8 p.m. at the scene, they found the victim with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).
Body-cam video in 3 Jacksonville police shootings released
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released body camera videos that revealed more details about three police shootings that happened within the last year in Jacksonville. The State Attorney’s Office also released a video showing the November 2019 shooting of wanted burglary suspect Timothy Lagonia. In the video, Lind said he hit Lagonia in the neck and the back. “He’s got a gun, gun, gun,” yelled Matthews as he was chasing Wilkes. All three of the men involved in the police shootings survived and each of the shootings has been ruled justified by the State Attorney’s Office.
California wildfire traps campers in national forest
Chiu)SHAVER LAKE, Calif. Three fast-spreading California wildfires sent people fleeing Saturday, with one trapping campers at a reservoir in the Sierra National Forest, as a brutal heat wave pushed temperatures into triple digits in many parts of state. The wildfire burning near Shaver Lake exploded to 56 square miles (145 square kilometers), jumped a river and compromised the only road into the Mammoth Pool Campground, national forest spokesman Dan Tune said. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the fire scorched at least 1.5 square miles (3.9 square kilometers) and was burning at a moderate to dangerous rate of spread. A small community south of Alpine in the Cleveland National Forest was ordered to evacuate. The blazes have burned more than 1.5 million acres (2,343 square miles).
13-year-old killed in Columbia County crash
A deadly crash shut down all lanes of Interstate 10 in Columbia County for hours Monday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 13-year-old girl from Moblie, Alabama died in the crash. The crash involved a tractor-trailer and another vehicle on eastbound I-10 near U.S. 441, which was reported shortly after 11:15 a.m., according to FHP. The 36-year-old female driver of the car and a 15-year-old female passenger, also from Mobile, also suffered serious injuries and were taken to a Gainesville hospital. According to FHP’s investigation, for reasons yet to be determined, the car struck the truck in the rear with it’s front.
Work underway to provide better, safer access to U.S. 301
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Jacksonville continues to grow, roadway construction along Interstate 10 is underway to keep up with all that growth. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, one of the key goals is to relieve traffic back-ups and congestion along that busy stretch of highway. Part of the scope of work includes fixing and rebuilding ramps and their connections, demolishing and upgrading the overpass and creating more safe space for people to exit I-10 onto U.S. 301. With all the growth Jacksonville and its neighboring counties have seen in recent years, this roadway construction project is long overdue. But while work is underway, drivers can look forward to new ramps, a safer overpass and more space for vehicles to safely access U.S. 301 without causing major back-ups on I-10.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash blocks all eastbound lanes of I-10 at U.S. 301
The Florida Highway Patrol said an accident with injuries has blocked Interstate 10 eastbound just east of U.S. 301. No details yet on what cause the accident, how many vehicles are involved or the extent of any injuries. This story will be updated when conditions change or more information becomes available.
Amber Alert issued for 5-year-old North Florida girl
An Amber Alert was issued Monday morning for a 5-year-old girl from Madison, a small town off Interstate 10 east of Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Naomi Herring was last seen on Southwest Old St. Augustine Road. Naomi was described by authorities as white, about 3 feet tall and 35 pounds. She has brown eyes and long, brown hair. Naomi was last seen wearing a black and yellow bumble-bee dress and blue shorts with a fruit print.
3-year, multimillion dollar construction project is another year away from completion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Construction crews are close to finishing operational improvements and enhancements on the interchange at Interstate 95 and Interstate 10, the Fuller Warren Bridge, and along the east side of U.S.17 north bound between McDuff Avenue and Rosselle Street. The project, which started in February 2017 could be finished in a little less than a year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. and the creation of a shared use path, which is being referred to as the pedestrian bridge south of the Fuller Warren. The shared use path is an essential component of construction for improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. We always want to promote safer ways to travel and easier ways to travel and reduce congestion and I just think its a great thing for those communities.
Florida ends COVID-19 checkpoint on I-10; 1-95 checkpoint still in place
Motorists traveling from Alabama into Florida on Interstate 10 will no longer face being stopped for COVID-19 checks. The Florida Department of Transportation announced Friday that a checkpoint east of the Florida-Alabama border is being deactivated as part of Gov. A similar checkpoint on Interstate 95 north of Jacksonville remains in place. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana were targeted because they were hotspots for the virus. The state has collected nearly 28,000 traveler forms at the I-10 checkpoint, the Department of Transportation said Friday.
Police: Man dead after high-speed chase on I-10
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A man has died after he was involved in a high-speed police pursuit on Interstate 10 on Tuesday night, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. Officer Christian Hancock said police responded to calls about an erratic driver in a parking lot off of I-95 and Lem Turner Road. According to Hancock, when officers tried to make contact with the driver, he drove off at a high-rate of speed. Officers followed the man as he drove southbound on I-95 and then continued onto I-10 headed west. Hancock said officers pulled the man from his car and performed life-saving procedures, but the man died at the scene.
Jacksonville firefighter battling Panhandle fire: Seeing homes destroyed ‘hits you in the gut’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Firefighters are battling a pair of wildfires in the Panhandle that have consumed more than 2,500 acres, closed a portion of Interstate 10 and destroyed structures. JFRD Battalion Chief Trace Barrow told News4Jax on Thursday the firefighters haven’t slept since they got the call at 10 p.m. Wednesday that they would be traveling to the Panhandle. On Thursday, JFRD said, firefighters worked to put out structure fires near Milton, Florida, where the Five Mile Swamp Fire raged. “I know that just the area that we that our crews have worked, at least 10 to 12 residential houses were destroyed, completely destroyed," Barrow said. For Barrow, the hardest part is seeing families return to their now unrecognizable homes.
2 St. Johns County teens die in single-car crash on I-10
SWUANEE COUNTY, Fla. – Two teens from St. Johns County passed away Saturday morning in a crash on Interstate 10 in Suwannee County. An investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol showed the sedan the teens were driving west about 10:45 a.m. between I-95 and Live Oak drifted slightly into the grassy median. Investigators believe the driver, an 18-year-old boy, over-corrected, resulting in the car traveling off of the road and hitting a tree. Both the driver and a 16-year-old female passenger died at the scene. Neither were wearing seat belts, according to the report.
3 traffic fatalities reported in two separate Jacksonville incidents
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three people were killed Friday night in two separate traffic incidents in Jacksonville. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an adult and a 3-year-old child were killed in a single-car crash. The vehicle veered off the road, crashed through a guard rail, and flipped over onto its left-side. The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. and drew a response from Florida Highway Patrol, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Around the same time, FHP reported that a pedestrian was struck and killed while walking in the 9800 block of Baymeadows Road, near Southside Boulevard.
Dust cloud subsides; I-10 in Madison, Suwannee counties reopens
Dust blown from several freshly plowed fields near Interstate 10 in Madison and Suwanee counties due to Thursday’s gusty winds dropped visibility to near zero and forced the Florida Highway Patrol detour traffic off the highway for hours. I-10 was closed both directions for part of Madison and Suwanne counties between the 263 and 271 mile markers from before noon until 5:15 p.m. Morning Show meteorologist Richard Nunn said the high winds were part of a line of severe storms moving across the state from the west. Sustained wind gusts of 20 mph are expected in the afternoon and gusts could reach 35 mph.
Fatal crash on I-10 at Chaffee Road blocks westbound lanes for hours
Two of three westbound lanes of Interstate 10 were closed for several hours after a crash at Chaffee Road. The Florida Highway Patrol said Dennis Walton, 68, of Jacksonville, died after his Kia Soul left I-10 at 10:40 a.m. and landed in a culvert. Troopers said the driver’s side of the Kia first struck the guard rail off the left side of the highway and was directed to the right, where it left the road and struck the concrete draining system. Walton died at the scene. Sky 4 aerials showed a pickup truck towing a trailer jackknifed and a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cruiser with rear-end damage both on the highway just past the fatal crash but troopers said that was from a secondary accident.
3 hurt at Texas chemical plant hit by 2 massive explosions
At a Wednesday night news conference, Branick said a loss of power at the plant prevented any investigation into the cause of the explosions or how much damage was done to the facility. Likewise, he said there was no estimate yet for the amount of damage to the surrounding neighborhoods.chicagotribune.com
Crash shuts down I-10 westbound near Macclenny
All westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Macclenny were shut down around 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon following a crash involving a semi-truck, according to Baker County Fire Rescue. One person was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital. It was unclear how long I-10 would be shut down. | Stay with News4Jax for updates. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Fifth death linked to storm that walloped Houston area
Authorities raised the storm's death toll to five, saying it is believed to have killed a 52-year-old Florida man who was found dead Thursday in his stranded pickup truck along Interstate 10 near Beaumont, which is near Texas' border with Louisiana. Jefferson County spokeswoman Allison Getz said that although floodwaters seeped into Mark Dukaj's truck, investigators don't believe he drowned, though they do believe his death is storm-related. An autopsy will determine the cause.chicagotribune.com
Jacksonville fire captain seriously injured in engine crash on I-10
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A veteran captain with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department was seriously injured Sunday morning when the fire engine he was driving crashed and overturned on Interstate 10 near Lenox Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Interim JFRD Chief Keith Powers said prior to the crash, Rescue 32 had responded to a call about a patient with breathing issues. A 911 call came in at 9:01 a.m. notifying authorities that a JFRD engine had hydroplaned and overturned. UNCUT: Fire chief discusses crash, injured captainPowers said Arms, who has been with JRFD for 16 years, was pulled out by bystanders. "Everybody is well trained to drive any apparatus if they are a member of JFRD," Wyse said.
New I-10 project will impact drivers on Jacksonville's Westside
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Drivers in Jacksonville's Westside will see soon more construction along Interstate 10 as a major project is scheduled to begin this fall. The $128 million construction project will expand I-10 from six lanes to 10. The work will widen I-10 from the Fuller Warren Bridge to I-295 and take about five years to complete. Tammie Taft lives on the Westside and drives down that part of I-10 every day. FDOT will add two additional eastbound and two additional westbound lanes on I-10 between I-95 and I-295.
20 killed, 26 wounded when gunman attacks Texas shoppers
A young gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season Saturday, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured. El Paso police didn't release his name at a news conference but confirmed the gunman is from Allen, near Dallas. Before the wall project started, El Paso had been rated one of the three safest major U.S. cities going back to 1997. Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, said the El Paso shooting suspect wasn't on her group's radar before the shooting. The shooting is the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, and the fifth public mass shooting.chicagotribune.com