PORT ORANGE, Fla. — A fiery multi-vehicle semi truck crash happened on Thursday, Dec. 27, on the northbound lanes of the I-95 in Port Orange, Florida, leaving one person dead and damaging a portion of Interstate 95.
The accident occurred early Thursday morning near mile marker 257 shutting down the northbound lanes of the I-95 for nearly 21 hours.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said a crash between a mail truck, a logging truck, a car and a semi that was carrying hazardous materials, caused an explosion that actually melted the road.
The Florida Highway Patrol told the media that the crash killed 66-year-old Francis Trammell of Neptune Beach, who was driving the semi-truck, which burst into flames.
According to investigators, the logging truck crashed first, which then caused a pile up.
“The log truck was in the left lane, [and] it lost control, went over in the right lane and dumped the load of logs in the roadway,” said Cpt. Robert Duncan of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said a car carrying a woman and two teenagers hit the logs and crashed, followed by the mail truck and finally the semi carrying methyl bromide, which is a chemical used in pesticides.
As the truck burned, crews couldn’t get close to rescue Trammel, who was declared missing for hours, but later officials confirmed that he died in the crash.
Troopers said the three people in the car and the men in the log truck and mail truck were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
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