UPDATE (01-09-19): I-95 southbound is now back open, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Earlier reporting below.
Volusia County, FL – Two people have died in two separate crashes on Volusia County’s main interstates this morning.
The first happened around 12:45 a.m. on Interstate 95 southbound along Mile Marker 242 in Edgewater. That’s a few miles south of the State Road 442 exit, also known as Indian River and Elkcam boulevards.
Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Kim Montes says that stretch of I-95 will be a “long term closure” because of hot asphalt which spilled onto the road.
“The asphalt will have to be removed and the roadway repaired,” Montes added. “Southbound traffic is being diverted onto exit 244 (SR 442).”
Troopers say a driver – now identified as 23-year-old Devon Standish of Daytona Beach – went the wrong way on the southbound lanes in a 2010 Honda Insight, hitting a white 2018 Cadillac sport utility vehicle head-on. The impact sparked a fire.
Standish died at the scene. An autopsy is pending to determine if drugs and alcohol were a factor.
A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy and an Edgewater Police Department officer who were among the first to arrive at the crash scene managed to pull the other driver – 22-year-old Logan Aschendorf of Boca Raton – out of his vehicle before the flames spread too far.
Edgewater PD & VCSO pulled a victim from a burning vehicle after a head-on crash overnight on I-95. The other driver was killed, but these officers pulled this young man to safety so he could get to a hospital. He was listed in critical condition. Warning: Intense footage pic.twitter.com/19prX8VlE3
— Volusia Co. Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) January 9, 2019
Aschendorf – who was wearing a seat belt during the crash, per FHP – is now in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
The asphalt spill came from a separate crash from vehicles going through the first accident scene, per Montes.
“A UPS semi-truck had slowed in the area of the crash and was struck by a dump truck hauling hot asphalt,” Montes noted.
The rear-end impact caused the dump truck to overturn and spill the asphalt. Scrapers are needed to remove the asphalt since it’s now dry and that process will likely force a re-pavement of the affected area, according to Montes.
The dump truck driver – 55-year-old Sandy Frazello of Astor – went to the hospital in serious condition, while the UPS semi driver – 43-year-old Michael Rayes of Orange Park – had minor injuries at the scene.
The other fatal crash is on Interstate 4 eastbound in Deltona just north of Dirksen Drive.
A sport utility driver died at the scene after rear-ending a tow truck around 2:45 this morning on Mile Marker 108, per Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Kim Montes.
“A tow truck had loaded a vehicle onto its truck that had been involved in a previous crash,” Montes noted. “The tow truck began traveling eastbound in the right lane, from the right shoulder, when an eastbound SUV struck the rear of the tow truck.”
Paramedics took the tow truck driver – 36-year-old Daniel Soderlund of Crescent City – to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A passenger inside the tow truck also had minor injuries, per Montes.
The driver of the 2016 Nissan SUV which rear-ended the tow truck has been identified as 35-year-old Adolfo Lopez of Deltona. Troopers say he was wearing a seat belt during the crash and that no autopsy will be done.
Two lanes were closed for much of the morning during the FHP investigation, forcing traffic into the leftmost lane to go around the crash scene.