Hundreds of potatoes have been spilled in an accident that shut down I-95 in North Florida

ST. JOHN’S COUNTY, Florida. — Hundreds of potatoes strewn, choked and covered the side of Interstate 95 Wednesday after a multi-vehicle crash that blocked lanes for hours, according to Local 10’s Jacksonville news partner WJXT.

The St. Johns County Fire Department said they responded to the accident involving two semi trucks and an SUV on I-95 between State Road 206 and State Road 207.

All northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed around 12:30 p.m. following the accident and reopened shortly after 2:30 p.m

The Florida Highway Patrol said the two semi-trucks collided near SR-206, causing one of them to tip over and spill its load of hundreds of pounds of potatoes. The other semi truck buckled, FHP said.

Two other vehicles crashed into the guardrail and tried to avoid the collision.

One person complained of knee pain, but no one needed to be taken to a hospital, FHP said.

At 1:30 p.m., traffic was backed up near the Flagler County line, so FHP was diverted onto SR-206. The southbound lanes were also secured.

FHP said it called its Rapid Incident Scene Clearance crews, which include Road Rangers who bring gas to drivers who are running out of fuel while waiting for lanes to reopen.

The crash is not far from Spuds, an unincorporated community in St. Johns County economically dependent on potato growing and other agriculture.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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