Traffic: Major delays on I-95; routine congestion I-4

Eastbound I-4 congestion is reported from Orange Blossom Trail to Colonial Drive.

Authorities also report congestion on westbound I-4 from Lake Mary Boulevard to SR 423.

Delays on SR 408 are reported westbound, from Mills Avenue to I-4.

Elsewhere in Central Florida, several crashes with roadblock are causing delays:

Orange Blossom Trail at Princeton Street.

Orange Blossom Trail at Clarcona Ocoee Road.

Pipes O The Glen Way at North Pine Hills Road.

Teen dies in weekend rollover I-4 crash

A 17-year-old Tangerine girl was pronounced dead at a hospital Monday night after a crash this weekend on Interstate 4 in Volusia County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Brandie Howard was a passenger in a Jeep SUV driven by 19-year-old Kaley Terry, which was struck by a Nissan that was changing lanes on I-4 about 5 p.m. Sunday, troopers said.

The SUV overturned. Terry, of Winter Park, suffered minor injuries. Both teens were taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, where Brandie was pronounced dead late Monday.

The Nissan driver, 20-year-old Jean-Claude Baker, was not injured. According to the FHP, Brandie was not wearing a seat belt. Investigators do not believe the crash involved alcohol.

The FHP said Tuesday that the crash remains under investigation.

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Tangerine teenager in Volusia I-4 wreck dies – Daytona Beach News

Brandy Howard, 17, of Tangerine, died at Halifax Health Medical Center at 9 p.m. Monday, said FHP’s Sgt. Kim Montes.

Charges are pending an investigation, Montes said.

Montes said Howard was one of several passengers Sunday in a Jeep driven by Kaley Terry, 19, of Winter Park, who was westbound on I-4. Another vehicle, a Nissan car driven by Jean-Claude Baker, was also westbound on I-4, struck the right side of Terry’s Jeep when Baker made a sudden lane change just after 5 p.m.

Terry’s car overturned after Baker hit it, Montes said.

“There were several passengers in both vehicles, but the crash remains under investigation,” Montes said. “Now that she (Howard) has passed, a traffic homicide investigation will be done.”

Baker suffered no injuries in the crash but Terry was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center with minor injuries, Montes said.

Crash on I-4 leaves 1 girl dead


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. –

A vehicular collision on I-4 left one girl dead on Sunday.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, a four-door Nissan merged into a Jeep on I-4 westbound in Volusia County. The Jeep overturned on the highway as a result of the impact.

Brandie Howard, 17, was in the passenger seat of the Jeep and suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash, according to police. The driver, 19-year-old Kaley Terry, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Halifax Medical Center.

The 20-year-old man driving the sedan was uninjured. No charges have been filed, and the crash remains under investigation.

Interstate 4 eastbound lanes closed in Polk for overpass repair work

Repair work on an Interstate 4 railroad overpass continued Sunday in Polk County, prompting the closure of the eastbound lanes.

Repair work wrapped up around 8 p.m., at which I-4 reopened to traffic between West Memorial Boulevard (Exit 28) and U.S. 98 (Exit 32).

On Saturday, the westbound lanes were closed.

CSX is making repairs at the I-4 Kathleen Road overpass in Lakeland. As a result, the highway under the bridge was closed for safety purposes.

All traffic was diverted onto West Memorial Boulevard. Drivers heading east to Orlando were encouraged to use the Polk Parkway as a detour to reconnect with I-4 just west of State Road 559. Tolls will be suspended for eastbound traffic on the Polk Parkway during this time.

Officials said drivers who take advantage of the Polk Parkway detour should take note of the following:

  • Motorists should slow down when approaching the toll plaza, but should not stop.  Vehicles behind you will not be expecting you to stop.
  • Be prepared for delays or sudden, unexpected stops near the toll plazas; maintain proper spacing between vehicles.
  • All Polk Parkway entrance and exit ramps between mileposts 2 and 23 remain open during the detour.
  • The posted speed limit of 25 m.p.h. near the toll plazas will be strictly enforced.  Speeding fines double through the toll plazas when workers are present.
  • The northern/eastern seven miles of the Polk Parkway (between mileposts 18-25) is a two-lane roadway, featuring two-way traffic.
  • No passing is permitted between mileposts 18-25.
  • Motorists who have a SunPass or E-Pass in their vehicle will not be charged a toll.
  • Do not attempt to back up in a toll lane.
  • Stay in your lane when exiting the toll plaza.  Attempting to change lanes or jockey for position near the plaza will only result in additional delays and backups and could result in a crash.
  • Do not pull over and exit your vehicle near a toll plaza.  If your vehicle becomes disabled, pull over into the grass on the right side of the roadway, turn on your hazard lights and wait inside your vehicle for help to arrive.
  • Additional law enforcement personnel will be patrolling the Polk Parkway this weekend to ensure the safety of motorists.

2 crashes block I-4 going east and west near DeLand – Daytona Beach News

The crash happened at 5:05 p.m. when a westbound four-door 2005 Nissan struck the rear of a westbound 2006 Jeep SUV, said FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes. The Nissan was driven by Jean-Claude Baker, 20, of Orange City, who was not injured, Montes said.

The driver of the Jeep, Kaley Terry, 19, of Winter Park suffered minor injuries but a 16-year-old girl riding with her was critically injured, Montes said.

The girl, whose identity was not released pending family notification, was wearing a seat belt, Montes said.

Westbound traffic was diverted off I-4 at the State Road 472 DeLand exit, and the interstate’s westbound lanes were closed to the 111 mile marker, the Deltona/Orange City interchange.

Troopers also investigated three other crashes in the same location on both the east and westbound sides.

“Impatient and irresponsible drivers also added to the traffic issues by illegally driving on the shoulder to get to the exit,” Montes said.

The westbound lanes reopened about 8:30 p.m., and the eastbound lanes shortly afterward.

Girl, 16, critically injured in I-4 crash – Daytona Beach News

The crash happened at 5:05 p.m. when a westbound four-door 2005 Nissan struck the rear of a westbound 2006 Jeep SUV, said FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes. The Nissan was driven by Jean-Claude Baker, 20, of Orange City, who was not injured, Montes said.

The driver of the Jeep, Kaley Terry, 19, of Winter Park suffered minor injuries but a 16-year-old girl riding with her was critically injured, Montes said.

The girl, whose identity was not released pending family notification, was wearing a seat belt, Montes said.

Westbound traffic was diverted off I-4 at the State Road 472 DeLand exit, and the interstate’s westbound lanes were closed to the 111 mile marker, the Deltona/Orange City interchange.

Troopers also investigated three other crashes in the same location on both the east and westbound sides.

“Impatient and irresponsible drivers also added to the traffic issues by illegally driving on the shoulder to get to the exit,” Montes said.

The westbound lanes reopened about 8:30 p.m., and the eastbound lanes shortly afterward.

Fatal Crash Slows Traffic on I-4 Eastbound at SR 559

According to reports, a pedestrian was hit by two vehicles on the overpass at the SR 559 interchange.

Traffic is backed up beginning at State Road 33 as drivers are funneled off the interstate eastbound at the SR 559 interchange. Traffic is being put right back on I-4 via the eastbound entrance ramp, but the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is advising motorists to find alternate routes.

Westbound I-4 reopens after accidents


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. –

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of an accident that had shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 4 in Volusia County for about three hours on Sunday.

Troopers said a car rolled over in the westbound lanes of Interstate 4, forcing firefighters to shut down all lanes near Graves Road.

Firefighters said one person was transported to Halifax Medical Center with traumatic injuries.

All westbound lanes were shut down and another accident on eastbound lanes had the road shut down for a bit.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said there were several other accidents in the area because of the first accident, all of which are being investigated.

Stay with Local 6 for the latest.

Crashes block traffic on I-4, State Road 528 Sunday

A pair of big crashes blocked traffic on two major Central Florida highways Sunday.

A car flipped over on Interstate 4 at Graves Avenue between Orange Camp Road and State Road 427 in Volusia County. The crash blocked the two westbound lanes for hours.

Florida Highway Patrol said one vehicle hit another while changing lanes. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle were both taken to area hospitals. The passenger in the second vehicle had critical injuries and was taken to Halifax Medical Center.

There was also a crash on the other side of I-4, where there were delays by onlookers.

In Orange County meanwhile, a crash involving a motorcycle stopped traffic on westbound State Road 528 near State Road 520. At least one person was airlifted to an area hospital.