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Downtown exits reopen hours after semi overturns

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer that flipped onto the concrete barrier on I-95 northbound Saturday morning kept two lanes and the exit to the Main Street and Acosta bridges closed for more than 8 hours.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Kenya Thomas, was traveling north on I-95 around 6 a.m. when another vehicle tried to merge into the same lane as the tractor-trailer. Thomas swerved into the Main Street exit to avoid a collision, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The tractor-trailer then hit a concrete barrier and flipped on its side, spilling hazardous material on the roadway. A hazmat team was called to clean it up.

The big rig was towed away by mid-morning, but a contractor had to pour new concrete and let it set before the lanes and ramps reopened about 2:30 p.m.

The trailer was not carrying mail when it overturned.