Two separate car accidents led to six fatalities on Interstate 95 near Jacksonville, Fla. the Florida Highway Patrol said Sunday.
The crashes took place late Saturday night in Flager and St. Johns counties and closed sections of the busy interstate into Sunday morning.
The Florida Times-Union reported that two people were killed in a three-vehicle crash south of Palm Coast Parkway in Flager County around 5:30 p.m. Saturday and four people were killed in an 11-vehicle crash around 7:30 p.m. at Mile Marker 301 in St. Johns County.
Officials said a Jacksonville teenager and a St. Augustine woman died in the first car crash, just south of Palm Coast Parkway near exit 289 – which involved two trucks and a car. A 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 driven by Roy White, 38, of Jacksonville, hit the top of a 2008 Honda Civic being driven by Pamela Thor and struck the right of a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, which caused 17-year-old Michael Smith of Jacksonville, a passenger in the 2001 Silverado, to be ejected form the vehicle. All three vehicles eventually came to a stop on the west shoulder of the highway. Smith and Thor were killed in the crash.
Officials have not yet released the names of those that died in the second crash, which involved a total of 11 vehicles.
The newspaper reported that the first crash occurred when the driver of a pickup truck over-corrected after drifting towards the shoulder of the highway and struck a guardrail.
The second crash took place after traffic backed up from the earlier crash and southbound traffic was being detoured around the scene of the accident. A commercial truck struck the back of a stopped vehicle triggering a series of collisions and a fire that engulfed several of the vehicles.
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The Florida Department of Transportation is set to inspect the interstate on Sunday and do emergency repairs.