Overturned semi shuts down Interstate in Daytona Beach
Updated On: May 04 2013 11:35:50 PM EDT
The northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 95 reopened Saturday night after Florida Highway Patrol troopers investigated an accident that had completely shut down the interstate.
FHP has released the names of the two men involved in the crash that completely shut down the interstate for almost eight hours Saturday.
Alan Brandon, 53, from Boynton Beach is now in critical condition. He was driving the semi truck that overturned as it tried to avoid hitting a red pickup truck.
FHP said that driver, Dannie Motley, 35, was getting on from LPGA Boulevard when he drove into the direct path of the semi truck.
Troopers said to avoid hitting the pickup, Brandon overturned in the southbound lanes and slid through the guardrail in the median.
Large amounts of fuel spilled from the semi promoting crews to spend hours cleaning up the aftermath and left all lanes in both directions closed.
The crash caused bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours. Some drivers like Robert Clark didn't move an inch for two hours.
"I'm on my way to work right now and I'm almost two hours late," said Clark. "I don't know what to do. I'm just stuck.”
Megan Reves and her boyfriend had to break out their GPS to try and find another route to St. Augustine for her birthday celebration.
"It's very frustrating," said Reves. "We've had our whole day and times planned out and now, this is really putting us back a lot.”
The southbound lanes reopened around 7:20 p.m., while the northbound lanes didn't reopen until 10:20 p.m.
FHP officials said there are charges pending against the driver of the red pickup truck.