ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Hours after a pileup involving two tractor-trailers and a pickup truck pulling a trailer, Interstate 95 at State Road 16 has fully reopened.
The northbound lanes were blocked from County Road 207 to State Road 16 from before dawn until almost noon after the crash and a resulting 100-gallon diesel fuel spill, causing a massive traffic backup in St. Johns County through rush hour and beyond. Then materials cleaned up from the wreck caught on fire, causing the highway to close again for another 45 minutes.
Two of the drivers involved were taken to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries.
According to the FHP report, a big rig rear-ended a slow-moving big rig in front of it just about 5:30 a.m. Then a pickup truck struck the rear of the second trailer
With six miles of I-95 closed for more than six hours, St. Johns County deputies diverted I-95 northbound traffic onto C.R. 207 to U.S. 1. Once the wreck cleared, truckloads of sand were trucked onto and spread on the area affected by the fuel spill.
UPDATE | Traffic is at a standstill on 95 NB south of SR-207. All lanes are blocked on 95 NB at SR-207 - traffic is exiting at SR-207 to get around the accident involving semis & cars at SR-16. Take US-1 to avoid this morning rush traffic headache. @wjxt4 #PringlePatrol pic.twitter.com/1pzF6ARGtZ— Lena Pringle (@WJXTLenaPringle) March 3, 2020