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Vehicle heading the wrong way on I-95 causes fiery crash

8:21 PM, Apr 28, 2013   |    comments
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Jacksonville, Fla. -- First Coast News' partner The Florida Times-Union reports that an SUV, which witnesses said was headed the wrong way, triggered an accident on Interstate 95. 

The crash caused a pickup truck to burst into flames and resulted in all northbound lanes being blocked around 5:40 p.m. Saturday between Emerson Street and University Boulevard.

First Coast News reporter Mike Lyons was on the scene and reported that several vehicles were involved, including the truck that appeared to be on fire.

There's no official word on injuries, but eyewitness Sam Mitchell said two people in the pickup were able to get out safely before it exploded according to the Times Union.

"The guy in the black SUV was heading the wrong way, going south. Cars were splitting. It was like they were parting the sea," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the driver of the black Hyundai Santa Fe SUV clipped the pickup, triggering a domino effect.

"Then he yelled at me to pull him out, so I did," Mitchell said.
Mitchell said the driver of the SUV wasn't coherent but he didn't appear to have suffered any major injuries.

Moe Khansa was traveling on I-95 north.

"All of sudden, I saw cars going sideways. I wasn't sure what was going on, so I figured I'd better move to the left lane and just before I started moving, I see cars coming straight dead onto me," Khansa said the driver of the SUV clipped Khansa's Camry and continued on, losing control.

Florida Times-Union

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