FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Authorities opened several stretches of Interstate 95 just before midnight Saturday after multiple collisions claimed several lives.
The first crash happened at mile marker 288 around 5:30 p.m. one mile south of Palm Coast Parkway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Roy White, 38, was driving north on I-95 when his pickup truck drifted onto the shoulder. Troopers said White overcompensated, swerved into the guardrail, launching the pickup into the air.
The pickup plunged into a Honda Civic driven by Pamela Taylor Thor of St. Augustine. Thor died as a result of the impact.
White's passenger, Michael Benjamin Chance Smith, 17, was ejected from the pickup and died from his injuries. The official report states he was not wearing a seat belt. White was reported to have minor injuries.
A second crash occurred around 7:40 p.m. involving two semi trucks, near mile marker 301 in St. Johns County, 14 miles north of the Flagler crash,
Barbara Carol Pennington, 50, was driving a semi southbound on I-95. She failed to stop for stopped traffic and hit several vehicles, causing a chain reaction of several collisions.
Thousands of motorists were stopped in both directions because of several heavily-damaged vehicles, the huge firefight and the need to treat several injured people.
Authorities had all southbound vehicles exit onto SR 206 in St Johns County and directed them to US-1 to get around both crash areas.