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Serious Accident on I-295 Blocks All Northbound Lanes

9:11 AM, Sep 9, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A serious accident on Interstate 295 involving a construction crew had all northbound lanes blocked and caused major delays for morning drivers with backup for miles.

Lt. Bill Leeper with the Florida Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 6 a.m. near the Collins Road overpass when a construction crew in a pickup truck was finishing up work and gathering cones from the roadway. FHP said the driver of another vehicle slammed into the back of their truck and forced both vehicles into the guardrail.

Leeper said the construction worker picking up the cones was able to jump out of the way and was not seriously hurt. But the driver of the other vehicle was trapped and emergency crews shut down the northbound lanes as they responded to the scene.

That driver was eventually transported to the hospital, according to Leeper, but fortunately there are no serious injuries involved in this crash.

According to FHP, all lanes reopened around 7:50 a.m. but this accident caused major morning backup for miles. Drivers on I-295 are slowly gaining speed after nearly two hours of standstill traffic.

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