A major multi-vehicle crash scene shut down Interstate 95 south at Airport Road for hours Thursday afternoon and into the evening, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said about 35 vehicles were involved in total in a half-mile-long crash scene. Rescue crews transported at least 11 victims, two in serious condition and two who had to be extricated from their vehicles.
"We had two semis in the beginning that look like they tangled and just caused a chain reaction," said Capt Eric Prosswimmer. "The roads are wet right now and it was just one of those light dustings that made it slick, then it was just a chain reaction in the holiday traffic."
Fire officials and JaxReady posted that multiple crews responded to the wrecks at about 2:45 p.m. involving multiple semi-trucks and vehicles. Called a mass-casualty event, traffic ended up fully stopped on I-95 south and "very backed up north," fire officials stated.
Six trucks were involved, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Dylan Bryan said.
"It looks like a violation of right of way with one of the trucks, and it was raining at the time," he said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office worked with the Florida Highway Patrol to divert southbound traffic at the Pecan Park Road exit just north of the crash scene, while vehicles headed north were also backed up approaching the area.
While southbound traffic briefly began to snake past the crash site by 4:30 p.m. as wreckage was cleared and a single lane reopened, it was stopped again around 5 p.m., according to traffic camera video.
This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Multi-vehicle crash closes I-95; 11 victims transported