Law enforcement officials are working on two separate Friday afternoon crashes with injuries impacting traffic along Interstate 295 on Jacksonville’s Westside and Southside.
The first crash involved a semi-truck and a motorcyclist. It happened on Interstate 295 near Beach Boulevard just before 2:30 p.m. According to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, the motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
As of 3:30 p.m., there was a miles-long backup because all northbound lanes of I-295 were blocked as officials diverted traffic.
The second crash happened on the Westside about an hour later from the first crash. All southbound lanes of I-295 just before the Buckman Bridge — heading toward Mandarin —were closed. JFRD said five people, including a child, were injured with one person in critical condition.
Department of Transportation video shows a heavily damaged red car flipped on its roof.
Drivers are urged to avoid the areas.
More information on what caused the crashes has not been released.