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Woman dies in I-95 crash in St. Johns County

14 January 2018

- The Florida Highway Patrol says a 28-year-old woman was driving drunk with her young son in the auto when she crashed into several vehicles on Interstate 4.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash.

Vanpelt died at the scene while his passenger, 43-year-old Ronald Higgins of Dade City, was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center in critical condition, according to a crash report.

The Highway Patrol also reported a second, separate accident on I-95 northbound at Florida 206, just south of the fatal crash scene. The report says his vehicle continued onto the east shoulder of the roadway before striking a tree and rolling several times.

All three northbound lanes remain blocked until about 1 p.m. Drivers were encouraged to use US 1 as an alternate route and allow extra time.

Congestion was compounded later in the morning when a second crash, at the State Road 206 interchange, required all northbound lanes to be shutdown almost 10 miles south of the first wreck.

All southbound lanes were temporarily shut down during the investigation.

Woman dies in I-95 crash in St. Johns County