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Keystone Heights woman killed in I-295 crash

Car run under back of tractor-trailer on Interstate 295 near Duval Road.
Car run under back of tractor-trailer on Interstate 295 near Duval Road. (Photo from Willie Turner)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A driver trapped under the back of a semitractor-trailer on Interstate 295 at Duval Road died Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

About 1 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Nissan Altima was traveling behind a Volvo semitractor-trailer in the left lane of northbound I-295. Troopers said the semi slowed due to traffic but the driver of the Altima did not slow and the car collided with the rear of the trailer being pulled by the semi.

All northbound lanes remained blocked until after 5 p.m. while firefighters used heavy equipment to extract the victim, who troopers identified as Ashley Nicole Galan, 30, of Keystone Heights. She died at the scene.

The semi driver and the passenger in the semi, both of Brooklyn, New York, were not injured.

Separate wrecks reported around city

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, all northbound lanes of Interstate 95 at Airport Road were blocked by a separate crash involving a tractor-trailer that jackknifed and rolled over, according to the Highway Patrol. That driver was not injured but the wreck snarled traffic from just before noon until after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Early Tuesday evening, the FHP was also reporting a wreck on I-10 at Cassat Avenue blocking two eastbound lanes, a crash blocking two northbound lanes of I-95 at Old St. Augustine Road and several crashes on I-295, including a tractor-trailer off the highway between U.S. 1 and Pritchard Road.

About 7:10 p.m., according to troopers, all southbound lanes of I-95 were shut down at Eighth Street after at least one person was injured in a crash.

There were slick roads and rainy weather throughout Tuesday.


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