BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Mims are back open following a fatal, fiery crash that involved multiple cars and a semitruck Saturday evening.
The crash and fire happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. on I-95 just south of the State Road 46 exit.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, multiple passenger vehicles and at least one semitruck were involved.
FHP troopers said a semitruck driver lost control and hit the crash attenuator.
After the impact, the tractor-trailer blocked all the northbound lanes and part of the exit ramps to State Road 46.
While all traffic was at a standstill, a second semitruck did not stop for traffic and struck five vehicles in the left lane before rear-ending another semitruck.
Three additional vehicles were then struck.
The semitruck that failed to stop then caught fire, killing the driver, who has not yet been identified.
FHP troopers said the driver may not be identified until next week after dental records are complete.
“The emotional part for me was knowing there was a guy in the truck not making it and literally burning up before our eyes,” said witness Judy Johnson. “I was praying for him, his family and everyone involved.”
Troopers said the driver worked for a company out of south Florida.
Another vehicle also caught fire, but the driver was able to escape.
Two people were rushed to Parrish Hospital for minor injuries and others were treated and released at the scene.
The exit ramp from northbound I-95 to State Road 46 was shut down as crews made repairs.