5-car crash shuts down I-295 NB for hours Tuesday


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A five-vehicle traffic crash shut down all northbound lanes of I-295 just south of St. Johns Bluff for nearly three hours Tuesday morning.

Just after 6 a.m., the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department tweeted that firefighters were working a crash with injuries. One vehicle appeared to be on its side blocking a lane. 

That side of the interstate was shut down until Jacksonville police reported that all lanes on I-295 had reopened just before 9 a.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol crash report, 60-year-old Edwin Harwell of St. Augustine lost control of his vehicle, starting a chain reaction crash involving four other vehicles. A 10-year-old girl in a Ford Fusion was hurt and a 34-year-old woman driving a Toyota Corolla also suffered minor injuries. 

No one had to be taken to the hospital, according to FHP.

Harwell was cited for careless driving, troopers said.

The Florida Highway Patrol reminded people to drive safe after four major crashes in Jacksonville on Tuesday.