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Fiery three rig wreck refuses to extinguish as firefighters battle the blaze


A fiery wreck involving two semi trucks and a box truck refused to go out on Friday morning as crews battled to put out the blaze and extinguish the flames. 

The accident happened on October 21st on the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida before 6:30 a.m.

According to News4Jax, a semi truck was parked on the northbound shoulder of the bridge awaiting a tow truck when a box truck crashed into the back of it, leaving a wide debris field that damaged a second semi truck. 

“The guy was actually asleep in his truck on the shoulder of the road waiting on a wrecker and a box truck collided with him, causing fire,” said Capt. Eric Prosswimmer. Officials believe that the box truck driver was falling asleep at the wheel, which led him to crash into the stopped truck. 

The crash ignited all three semi trucks and caused a large fire. The fire produced so much smoke that the southbound lanes of the bridge had to be closed as well for poor visibility. It took crews several hours to extinguish the blaze, and one truck even reignited hours later, prompting fire crews to return to the scene. 

As of 9:17 a.m. the northbound side of the bridge was still closed for the reignited blaze and debris cleanup. No estimated time for reopening has been released.


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