Crash shut down Mathews Bridge westbound during game day traffic

News4JAX tower cameras show dozens of drivers are gridlocked on the Mathews Bridge while the Sheriff's Office works to clear the scene of a crash on the westbound side. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – All westbound lanes were momentarily blocked on the Mathew’s Bridge while the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office worked to clear a crash involving injuries on Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened sometime before 12:30. The Sheriff’s Office initially announced one lane of travel was blocked, but about an hour later closed the westbound side entirely.

The crash caused significant delays for some Jaguars fans making their way to the 1 p.m. game at TIAA Bank Field Stadium.

By 1:45 p.m. all lanes were reopened. It’s not clear how many vehicles were involved or how many people were injured.

Traffic tie-ups and crashes are commonplace on the bridge which is rated “functionally obsolete” by the state of Florida.

A few notable incidents are listed. On May 3, 2020, 49-year-old Theresa Jackson was driving the wrong way across the Mathews Bridge resulting in a head-on crash on the Arlington Expressway, killing the other driver. Jackson was charged with vehicular homicide.

In April 2021, a car was nearly pushed over the barrier of the bridge in a multi-vehicle crash.

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