Fatal crash on I-95 in Brevard County prompts hourslong closure

Wreck happened near North Wickham Road

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A fatal crash Tuesday morning in Brevard County prompted the closure of Interstate 95 for hours.

The wreck, which involved a semitruck and two other vehicles, happened around 8:30 a.m. on I-95 north near North Wickham Road.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the semitruck was traveling north on Interstate 95, south of County Road 509, in the outside lane.

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A Hyundai Accent was northbound on I-95 in the outside lane in front the semitruck, troopers said. The third vehicle, a Hyundai Elantra, was heading north on I-95 in the outside lane in front of the Accent.

The semi driver, a 42-year-old Orlando man, failed to maintain control of his vehicle and swerved left to avoid a collision with the Accent, according to an FHP crash report. The right front of the semi struck the back of the Accent, causing the car to rotate and strike the Elantra.

Troopers said that collision caused the Elantra to travel off the roadway, where it struck a road sign and crashed into the woods.

According to the report, the driver of the Accent – a 70-year-old Palm Bay man – was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A passenger in his vehicle was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries, troopers said.

The driver of the Elantra, a 65-year-old Palm Bay woman, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the semi was not injured and remained at the scene, FHP said.

This crash remains under investigation.

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