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Truck Driver Killed In I-95 Chain-Reaction Crash


A truck driver was killed and more than a dozen motorists were injured Saturday in a chain-reaction crash on northbound Interstate 95 in Mims, Florida.

State troopers say that at 6:40 p.m., a truck traveling northbound on I-95 lost control near the State Road 46 exit ramp and hit a guard rail, rotated horizontally and blocked all northbound traffic, as well as a part of the SR-46 exit ramp.

Moments later, a second truck slammed into five vehicles in the left lane then rear ended a third truck, which in turn hit three additional vehicles.

According to police reports, the second truck caught fire, killing the driver at the scene and catching fire to another vehicle.

Two people were transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. At least 15 others were treated at the scene, according to officials.

Video footage by the Florida Department of Transportation showed heavy fire and smoke coming from the crash. One witness told a local news station it looked like a bomb went off at the site of the accident.

Brevard County firefighters extinguished the fire around 7:20 p.m.

Crews from The Department of Environmental Protection were called to clean 200 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto the roadway and into the drainage canal.

The exit to SR-46 from northbound I-95 was finally reopened Sunday night, according to police.

Troopers said the driver of the second truck worked for a company out of south Florida and is expected to be identified this week.




Orlando Sentinel


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