JFRD attributes “miracle” that no one was killed in 35-car pile-up
JACKSONVILLE, Florida –Jacksonville Fire Rescue said it was a miracle no one was killed in a pile-up on I-95 South near Airport Road Thursday afternoon.
The first call to 911 arrived around 3 p.m. Rescuers responded within minutes.
“I stopped. All I could see were cars and trucks overturned and crashed, ”Jacksonville Fire Captain Eric Proswimmer said.
These types of accidents are rare on Northeast Florida’s freeways, but are not unheard of.
News4JAX archives show that in 2014, the Florida Highway Patrol worked on a fiery accident involving 11 cars on Interstate 95 in St. Johns and Flager County. 6 people died.
Thursday’s crash involved 35 cars, several semi-trailers, two extractions and 11 people were taken to hospital.
“When you have semitrailers and sliding cars coming to a sudden stop and people scattering in all directions, it’s really amazing and it’s a miracle that no one has been killed,” said Proswimmer.
Onlookers added to the danger during the rescues and clean-up, Proswimmer said, as responders saw several passers-by filming accidents while driving.
The Florida Highway Patrol, the lead agency investigating the cause of the crash, said the interstate pile-up began when one car overturned another in the right lane.
Then a semiconductor that didn’t see the crash deflected toward the center lane, hitting another semiconductor, and as a chain reaction, other crashes followed.
So how do you protect yourself from these kinds of accidents?
Jason Dominguez from JAX Driving School provided answers to News4JAX.
“(When a half approaches,) I don’t want him to be behind me. I’ll let him pass. I don’t want to be near him. Stay away from him, ”Dominguez said.
This is the best thing to do, according to Dominguez: put as much distance as possible between you and a semi-trailer, and pay attention to what is going on around you.
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