Three semi trucks were involved in a crash on I-95 just south of Palm Coast Parkway at 12:10 p.m. today, snarling northbound traffic, while southbound traffic was diverted onto the Parkway. There were no injuries.
The cause of the crash is not yet clear. It took place under heavy rain. At the scene afterward, one of the semis, trailing a green container, had come to a stop with its full length across the southbound lanes of I-95, facing west. The front of its cab was seriously damaged. It isn’t clear if that semi had been traveling north and had crashed through the guard rail, but a caller to 911 reported that one of the semis crossed over from the northbound through the southbound lanes.
But the guardrail was entirely demolished. Another semi that was traveling south collided with the cab of the green semi, ending up in the right-most southbound lane.
A third semi trailing a flatbed was facing south, parallel to what was left of the the guard rail, the back-left side of its cab partly smashed in. But that semi was in the northbound emergency lane.
Northbound traffic quickly backed up for a mile, then two miles and more, but mostly because of rubberneckers. All southbound lanes were closed until about 1:26 p.m., when Roger’s Towing and John’s Towing, both of Bunnell, were summoned to the scene to remove the trucks.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office was first on scene, regulating traffic until the Palm Coast Fire Police arrived. The Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue responded, as did the Florida Highway Patrol, which was expected to conduct the investigation.
There was a diesel spill as a result of the crash, requiring notification to state officials, but about half an hour after the crash officials at the scene reported that the spill had been contained.
More images will post shortly.
Let me guess, bald tires and speedy.
Glad everyone one is safe
Randy Jones says
Another good reason to NOT hangout in the “fast” lane – you’ll be the first to know about it when someone crashes through the barrier.
I’m telling you this new asphalt is dangerous very very dangerous I don’t know how many more Crush accidents we need somebody to inspect their job
CB from PC says
Glad I was not riding my motorcycle southbound.
Point is Semis have little capability to bring back under control once lost.
Point is that there are many CDL drivers who are professionals.
Point is that after logging 1800 miles this past week through several states, I experienced a couple of “close calls” with Semis whose companies were in North Hollywood, FL and Lakeland, FL.
I also saw several swerve into the left lane in TN where trucks were prohibited. After the Russian driver who killed 7 motorcyclists this past Summer, should have previously had his MA CDL revoked, makes you wonder who is actually licensed.
Saw 1 State Trooper the whole TN leg, and none in NC. ENFORCE THE LAW.
Mike West says
Trucks travel way over speed limit with no consequence. If the highway patrol enforced speed limits especially in bad weather, way less closures of I 95
Trucks especially,,way too fast on I95 everytime I drive this stretch. You cannot stop a Semi. It takes forever. FHP needs to slow them down,stay in right hand lane, middle only to pass. The sign says no trucks left hand lane next 40 miles. Yeah right
Trucks speed?Really ?Apparently u do my travel the roads it’s the Audubon out there cars zig zag 100mph in all lanes .
Some truck drivers are aggressive at the steering wheel and need to slow down but most are good drivers. Agencies monitoring these truck drivers licenses need to be more alert at their driving records to prevent tragedies like this one:
Now that semis are allowed go drive in the left lanes they believe they’re king of the expressways. Driving alongside or behind these humongous trucks as they speed, swerve in/out of lanes to pass is nerve racking yet I never see them get pulled over. Although the semi issue is bad on 95. comparing it to I65 and I75, I95 is like a country road
Mary Fusco says
PCmerry, people need to SLOW down in bad weather. I have driven 95 from FL to NY and been caught in blinding rain storms where people were passing me throwing water all over. What the heck could they see that I couldn’t? Cars speed on 95 at 100 MPH. They zig zag in and out of lanes because God forbid someone gets in front of them. Most of these fools have no clue that a semi cannot stop on a dime. My brother was an OTR truck driver and lost his job because he ran his truck off the road to avoid hitting and KILLING a woman that cut in front of him because she just had to fill that little bit of space. Truck drivers do not usually blatantly break the law because they will lose their job.
angelo bagodonuts says
i previously owned a heavy duty truck parts store. you would be amazed at the number of unqualified people that are performing maintenance and repair on these vehicles.
I drive a 70 mile round trip on 95 every day , and am amazed by how aggressive semi drivers have become , the highway patrol really needs to start cracking down on aggressive semi drivers ,the last incident I had ,a semi came up behind me in the middle lane , I was doing 75+ and he almost drove into the bed of my truck , flashing his lights like a maniac,I couldnt change lanes because of traffic ,he went into the left lane almost hitting someone in that lane and then veered back into the middle lane cutting me off. I was able to get his tag and ID number ,and reported him to his company and the law. In all honesty ,I hope he loses his job. When I first started driving in the early 70’s , truck drivers were called “knights of the road”,I wonder what has happened?
Young millinial drivers with little to no training and yes they never get pulled over they are a new breed not like the old pro’s (Knights of the road ) are rare it started when they started letting them drive in left lane there was a reason why they use to not things are changing for the worse not better