Interstate 95 reopens after crash in Brevard County

Northbound I-95 was closed near Port St. John Parkway

Published On: May 01 2013 06:42:39 AM EDT   Updated On: May 01 2013 11:26:50 AM EDT
Crash closes I-95
PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. -

Interstate 95 northbound reopened in Port St. John on Wednesday after two tractor-trailers crashed and significantly damaged the road.

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The crash occurred about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday on the interstate at Port St. John Parkway.

Northbound drivers were forced to exit at Port St. John and then re-enter at the same exit to continue north. 

According to Florida Highway Patrol, two semis -- one pulling two trailers and the other hauling heaving equipment -- crashed while both were headed north on the interstate.

An FHP crash report says that the driver of the tandem-trailer rig, identified as Harold Jones, 48, of West Palm Beach, didn't realize the flatbed semi hauling the equipment in front of him was going slower until it was too late. Jones tried to swerve to avoid hitting the flatbed, but wasn't able to do so and hit the flatbed's trailer.

Police said the cab and first trailer of the truck flipped in the roadway. The flatbed trailer separated from the cab and the machinery fell off onto the road. Diesel fuel also spilled on the roadway.

Jones and the driver of the flatbed, identified by police as Carlos Velazquez, 46, of Belleview, were taken to Weusthoff Rockledge Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, FHP said.