Four hurt in Jacksonville pile-upJan 4, 2013
Two Jacksonville, Fla., police officers were among the four who were forced to go to the hospital following a five-car crash Thursday.
According to a report at Jacksonville.com, a tractor-trailer that jacknifed on Interstate 95 in the city sent two police cruisers and an SUV into a ditch after it smashed into the vehicles. Those inside those vehicles were forced to visit a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. An empty school bus with just the driver aboard was also hit by the wrecked truck but no injuries were reported from that vehicle.
Authorities have identified the officers who were hit and injured in the incident: Douglas Molina, 32, and Alexander Chambers, 53. Their injuries at the time of the accident were not considered life-threatening, according to the same report. They were near the scene of the jacknife as they invested a separate roll-over accident that happened prior at the on-ramp to the Interstate from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The driver of that car was already transported to a local hospital when the tractor-trailer jacknifed and sent the responding officers to the hospital.
After the tractor-trailer jacknifed and the officers had been hit along with the other SUV, a third accident happened in the moving lane of traffic, likely caused by curious motorists passing by the scene. A person involved in that accident was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.
No other updates on the extent of the injuries to everyone involved was disclosed to the media.
According to the Jacksonville.com report, the police described the incidents as follows:
"... In the police-involved crash, an SUV was apparently behind the school bus entering the interstate from MLK about 5:20 a.m. Hurst said the tractor-trailer rig was in the center lane when its right front fender was struck by the SUV. The truck driver attempted to brake and move over but couldn’t because of traffic. The rig, which included double trailers, began to jackknife and veered to the right, pushing the SUV into the police cars.
"One police car and the SUV were pushed into a chain-link fence while part of the disabled tractor-trailer rig extended into the roadway.
"The school bus pulled over just north of the accident scene. The bus driver and driver of the SUV were taken to Shands Jacksonville."