Five Vehicle Wreck

Police said a work truck struck a private ambulance on the exit ramp of Interstate 95 to the Main Street Bridge on Tuesday morning, snarling traffic to downtown for more than four hours and starting a chain-reaction involving five vehicles that resulted in five injuries.

Initially, a three-car crash in Florida happened around 10:20 a.m. Then, according to police, a paint company truck exiting I-95 struck an ambulance at the site.

“That caused the Century Ambulance to go out of control,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Lt. R.A. Hartville said. “The pickup truck and the ambulance then, both out of control, struck the rear of the police car as well as one of the occupants of the prior crash.”

It was bad news for the patient inside the ambulance when it turned over onto its side. The driver, patient, and two paramedics had to be transported to the hospital with injuries. The driver of the ambulance had to be cut from the cab by Jacksonville Fire-Rescue.

Another injury was treated at the scene.

We are wishing a speedy recovery for those who were hurt in this pile-up.

The Federal Highway Administration says speed is a factor in 30 percent of fatal crashes and 12 percent of all crashes. That includes excessive speed for the road conditions.

This is a very common problem among inexperienced drivers. They do not recognize the need to reduce speed to enable extra time in case there is a split-second decision that needs to be made in treacherous conditions such as rain, or when you are approaching an area that is obstructed.

An investigation into the factors contributing to this crash are unknown at this time, but what we do know is that all three lanes of the exit ramps to Prudential Drive was well as the Main Street and Acosta bridges remained closed until about 3:30 p.m., causing northbound traffic on I-95 to back up to Emerson Street.

Source article: http://www.news4jax.com/news/21572167/detail.html

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