Complex crash on I-95 involved seven vehicles and wounded three

Seven vehicles collided on Interstate 95 in two separate and very complex accidents that occurred in St. Johns County on the morning of Feb. 7. The incident halted traffic on the highway for nearly six hours while emergency responders worked to clear the auto accident scenes of debris.

The first accident began when a black Honda Accord rear-ended a tanker near International Golf Parkway on I-95, disabling the vehicle. The 60-year-old tanker driver then pulled over to the side of the road while the 23-year-old driver of the black Honda abandoned her vehicle in the center lane. Moments later, a silver Honda Accord traveling south collided with the black Honda, still in the center lane. The 48-year-old driver lost control of the silver Honda, which struck the 23-year-old woman, who had walked over to the trucker. A second tractor trailer collided with the black Accord, spitting it in half and pushing it into the guardrail.

A couple of hours after the first accident, another driver in a Ford Explorer collided with a third tractor trailer as 1-95 traffic was slowed due to the original collision. The Ford struck a Hyundai compact and another vehicle after flipping during the accident. The 23-year-old driver and the Hyundai’s driver were treated for life-threatening injuries at Orange Park Medical Center, and the driver of the Ford was treated for serious injuries. Reports indicate that all drivers were wearing their seat belts. The causes of the St. John’s County accidents were not disclosed.

Persons who are injured in a car accident as the result of inattentive or careless driving by another may be entitled to compensation. In situations such as this one, an accident reconstruction expert may be needed to establish negligence as a primary cause in such a complex chain of events. An experienced personal injury attorney can often help victims of automobile collisions recover lost wages, medical bills and out of pocket expenses for property damage and pain and suffering.

Source: The Florida Times-Union, “3 hurt in multi-vehicle wreck on I-95 in St. Johns County,” Dana Treen, Feb. 7, 2013

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