Update: Shortly after 7 a.m .Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that one of the semi drivers was confirmed dead at the accident scene. Injuries to others in the accident ranged from minor to serious. Troopers were also advised around 8 a.m. that, “…the chemical plume [from the accident] has been neutralized and there is no longer a danger to the surrounding areas for residents…”, according to Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Montes also confirmed that the three trucks involved in the crash were a mail truck, a log truck and another semi carrying chemicals. There was also a passenger vehicle involved in the accident.
95 Northbound likely damaged, will remain closed.
I-95 remained closed Thursday morning, most likely at least for the rest of the day acording to some reports, while troopers complete their investigation, have vehicles removed and inspect the road for damage. Sgt. Montes says troopers expect to find damage to I-95 Northbound, “…due to the intense fire that occurred.” (Responding firefighters reported explosions from the trucks, which were on fire, and the fire also spread to a nearby woods). Sgt. Montes says troopers will have a better idea about how long the northbound interstate will be closed after the inspection. In the meantime, northbound drivers on I-95 will exit at State Road 44 near New Smyrna Beach, and then take either U.S 1 or I-4 back to I-95.
Update: The Florida Highway Patrol reported at around 6:45 a.m. that troopers believe three semi-trailers and one car were involved in this accident. FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes said one driver is not accounted for yet, and that the semi’s caught fire in the accident. Northbound I-95 is closed “indefinitely” early Thursday morning, with traffic being routed off the interstate at State Road 44. Sgt. Montes also confirms that southbound I-95 is open.
Update: Southbound lanes of I-95 were opened to traffic around 6 a.m. Thursday, which was confirmed through the Florida Highway Patrol. The Florida 511 web site indicates that hazardous materials were involved in the accident.
An early-morning accident on I-95 has closed the interstate in both directions near Port Orange and Daytona Beach Thursday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Reports indicate that northbound I-95 is closed at the Port Orange Dunlawton Avenue exit, and that southbound I-95 is closed at Beville Road in Daytona Beach. Southbound traffic on I-95 can, though, still exit onto I-4 at Daytona Beach.
Unconfirmed reports say the accident involved at least two semi trucks in the northbound lane of I-95 at the 257 mile marker. Fire crews also battled brush fires in the area started by the accident. Firefighters from Volusia Fire Services, the Daytona Beach Fire Department and the Florida Division of Forestry have been on the scene. The Volusia County Sheriff’s helicopter, Air One, landed on the interstate and flew injured persons to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach. Law Enforcement units from at least the Florida Highway Patrol and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department have also been on the scene.
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