Series of crashes tangle morning commute around Jacksonville

By Crystal Chen - Assignment editor/reporter

JFRD image of extracation of driver of tractor-trailer after crash on I-10.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A number of crashes Friday morning led to heavy backups for thousands of commuters in St. Johns County and Duval County.

A woman died in a crash involving two tractor-trailers and three other vehicles on Interstate 95 just north of State Road 207 about 4:40 a.m. Eight hours later, all northbound lanes remained closed as the Florida Highway Patrol investigated.

All northbound traffic was diverted on S.R. 207 to U.S. 1 through the morning, snarling the morning rush hour and beyond. 

On Interstate 10 at Chaffee Road in Duval County, a tractor-trailer overturned about 7 a.m. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to pull out the driver, later identified ast Sadel Alvarez, 43, of Miami. He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with minor injuries.

The hazmat team was also called to handle a diesel fuel spill from the truck that firefighters later said was about 50 gallons.

Traffic was backed up for miles while the accident was investigated and cleared.

Two crashes on the Mathews Bridge also briefly affected commuters from Arlington. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, seven vehicles were involved in a crash at the top of bridge. One center lane on the westbound side was blocked during the investigation. It cleared just before 8 a.m.

All lanes on the Mathews Bridge reopened around 8:20 a.m.

A crash on the Arlington Expressway near University Boulevard also briefly blocked traffic heading westbound toward the bridge. 



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