All lanes of I-295 northbound blocked, driver ‘miraculously’ survives.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A major crash on I-295 on the Dames Point Bridge sent a tractor-trailer over the edge of the south end of the bridge into the St. Johns River.
The crash Friday on I-295 northbound had traffic at a near standstill in both directions. The northbound side of the bridge was completely blocked.
Rescue crews arrived and surrounded the dangling part of the semi. A section of the trailer had already gone over into the St. Johns River.
The semi driver was OK and walking around at the scene. Jacksonville firefighters said multiple cars were involved in the crash but “miraculously just one injury.”
Photos showed a crushed red car and a black truck, and a witness who drove by on the southbound side said it looked like the vehicles had “played ping-pong” against the sides of the bridge.
She said chunks of the bridge had been damaged in the crash.
The Florida Department of Transportation said bridge inspectors are on the way to the scene and advised drivers to use a different route.
Oil was spilled during the crash and will likely delay reopening the road because it will need to be cleaned up, sources said. A source said the northbound traffic that was stuck on the bridge will be reversed to get those vehicles off the highway.
Traffic headed southbound slowed to a crawl as drivers tried to get a look at the precariously dangling semi.
Police are expected to provide more information at a 2 p.m. news briefing.