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SR-207 closed for hours after fatal crash

19-year-old driver from Hastings died in wreck

St. Johns County firefighters at scene of crash on S.R. 207.
St. Johns County firefighters at scene of crash on S.R. 207. (WJXT)

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The northbound lanes of State Road 207 reopened about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, nearly five hours after a crash that flipped an SUV on its side and crushed the front of a tractor-trailer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP was called to the crash on S.R. 207 at Deerpark Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, just before 11 a.m. A 19-year-old from Hastings driving the GMC Yukon died and the driver of the semi was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Troopers said the SUV was making a U-turn and pulled into the path of the big rig. Joshua Budd died at the scene. Another SUV was also struck by debris from the wreck, but that driver was not injured.

Just before 3 p.m., one southbound lane of S.R. 207 reopened, and the second lane opened 30 minutes later. Both northbound lanes reopened just over an hour later.


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