Interstate 95 reopens in Volusia County after tractor-trailer fire snarls traffic

Timothy Williams, 32, ticketed for failure to maintain single lane

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A semitruck crashed and ignited Wednesday on Interstate 95 near Interstate 4 in Volusia County, damaging the road and shutting down northbound lanes through the night.

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the semitruck, which was hauling mops and mop heads, was traveling north on I-95 just after 3 p.m. when the driver, Timothy Williams, 32, veered out of the lane for an unknown reason and struck a guardrail. The truck then caught on fire.

Troopers said Williams, who was traveling from Miami to Missouri, was able to exit the vehicle. He was ticketed for failure to maintain a single lane.

The crash closed all lanes of I-95 at State Road 400, according to FHP. State Road 400 and the southbound lanes of I-95 reopened Wednesday evening.  Northbound lanes of I-95 reopened early Thursday after crews repaired 450 feet of burned asphalt from the fire sparked by the crash.

Officials said there was no damage to the bridge.

Troopers said witnesses reported the truck driving erratically before the crash occurred.

Northbound traffic was being diverted off at Bevelle Road. Drivers were urged to take an alternate route until the road reopens.

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