Trucks Collide Near Port St. John Closing I-95

By  //  May 1, 2013

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Roadway To Remain Shut For Repaving

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT ST. JOHN, FLORIDA – An early morning accident between two large trucks Wednesday on I-95 near Port St. John sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries and has resulted in a partial closure of Interstate-95.

FHP-180Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol said the crash was at 12:13 a.m. Wednesday on northbound I-95 near the Port St. John Parkway.

She said a 2013 Semi truck towing double trailers driven by Harold Jones of West Palm Beach, 48, collided with a 2006 Ford flatbed truck driven by Carlos Velazquez of Belleview, 46, who was hauling heavy equipment on a trailer.

Montes said both vehicles were headed north and in the right lane of I-95.

Apparently Jones did not realixe Velzquez, who was in front of him, was traveling at a slower speed.

Montes said Jones tried to change lanes to avoid crashing, but the front of his truck struck the rear of the flatbed truck.

The semi truck overturned in the median and struck the metal guard rail. Its second trailer remained upright in the median.

The flatbed truck separated from its trailer, causing the heavy equipment  to separate from its trailer and fall onto I-95 blocking the right northbound lane.

Montes said diesel fuel was spilled onto the northbound lanes and caught fire.

As a result, the lanes will have to be repaved before the interstate can be re-opened.

Montes estimated it will be sometime late Wednesday morning will be opened again to northbound traffic.

Both drivers were taken to Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge and treated for minor injuries.

Thje cause of the crash remains under investigation by troopers are charges are pending.