5 separate crashes tie up I-295 northbound on Westside for hours

Injury crash on I-295 at Wilson Boulevard. (Florida DOT camera image)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – All northbound traffic on Interstate 295 was detoured at 103rd Street for hours Tuesday while the Florida Highway Patrol investigated and cleared a morning crash near Wilson Boulevard. Jacksonville Fire-Rescue said at least one of three people injured had to be cut out of a vehicle.

The crash was reported about 11 a.m. About 20 minutes later, police allowed traffic that had backed up to pass the damaged vehicles on the highway and the exit ramp to Wilson. As troopers continued to divert northbound traffic at 103rd Street, the crash was cleared by 1 p.m. and the highway reopened.

The FHP said this accident was one of four that occurred following a police cruiser crash on I-295 at Normandy Boulevard, one exit south of Wilson. A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the officer wasn’t injured, but a passenger in the cruiser was taken to the hospital as a precaution. No one in the civilian car was injured.

Police did not provide information about the other crashes but none of them appeared to cause any injuries.

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