FHP: Van driver causes chain reaction crash on I-295

Crash affected traffic in both directions at I-295 and San Jose Boulevard

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A driver of a van caused a chain reaction crash Monday morning that forced a sports car and a dump truck to cross the median into oncoming traffic on Interstate 295 at San Jose Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver of the sports car, 18-year-old Pheang Kim, and another driver, 72-year-old James Young, were taken to Orange Park Medical Center with serious injuries.

According to the FHP report, Myrra Garabiles, 46, was driving eastbound on I-295 about 11:36 a.m. and improperly changed lanes, clipping Kim's Nissan 370Z in the left lane. The impact sent Kim's sports car across the median into oncoming westbound traffic where it hit the left front side of a white semi and then hit Young's gray SUV, which flipped onto its roof.

The semi, being driven by 59-year-old Christopher Kilgore, traveled across the median into oncoming eastbound traffic. Kilgore suffered minor injuries.

Garabiles was cited for improper lane change, troopers said.