Heavy rain leads to several crashes on I-95 in Brevard County

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Brevard County blocked all lanes at mile marker 197 Friday evening.

Sgt. Kim Montes with the Florida Highway Patrol said vehicles began to slow down due to poor visibility during a heavy rainstorm around 5:15 p.m.

One car did not and it crashed into the back of another car, Montes said.

This started a chain reaction of five more crashes on a mile-long southbound stretch of I-95 from mile marker 196-197.

Seven people were transported to two area hospitals, Montes said. All injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

One of the crashes involved a semi truck that swerved to avoid cars ahead of it. Officials said as the semi drove onto the shoulder, it overturned on its side.

About 12 cars were involved in all of the crashes. The highway has since reopened.