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Crash, fire blocks I-295 near Atlantic Boulevard for hours

A semi caught fire after a crash on I-295 near Atlantic Boulevard (Tracy Collins, special to WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – An accident and fire involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 295 near the Atlantic Boulevard exit Wednesday morning initially blocked traffic in both directions and kept at least one lane closed through early afternoon.

The crash happened before 9:30 a.m. Sky4 aerials showed the cab of the tractor-trailer was destroyed by fire. The fire was put out quickly but there has been no information about any injuries.

Southbound lanes reopened within about 30 minutes. News4Jax contributor Tracey Collins said northbound traffic stuck on the overpass was directed the wrong way down the exit ramp to get off the highway. Before noon, police had reopened one northbound lane. One remained blocked until after 2 p.m.

Collins was told by a woman that her daughter’s Toyota Camry was sideswiped by the semi prior to it crashing and catching on fire. That car has been towed away.

Jacksonville police were investigating the accident and have released no details about how the accident happened or who was involved.