1 killed when car crashes under side of semi on US 1 in St. Johns County

A deadly crash on US 1 blocked all southbound lanes Tuesday morning. (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An 84-year-old man from St. Johns was killed Tuesday morning in a crash on U.S. 1 at Pine Island Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP report said the man’s car drove under the side of a semi that was heading across the southbound lanes of US 1, attempting to cross the center median break to turn left onto northbound US 1.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

This is a side underride crash.

The News4JAX I-TEAM has done stories on this type of crash as victim families have called for guards to prevent this.

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The Tuesday crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. and left all southbound lanes blocked on U.S. 1 for hours.

The 27-year-old semi driver from Orange Park was not hurt.

According to the report, both drivers were wearing seat belts.

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