Crash blocks U.S. 19 for 3 1/2 hours

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.

U.S. 19 northbound was blocks for nearly 3 1/2 hours Friday morning after a semi tractor trailer ran into the back of a slow-moving road-grader about five miles south of Cross City, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Neither the semi driver, Jerome McKenzie of Gainesville, nor the driver of the road-grader, James Cooper of Cross City, suffered anything more than minor injuries in the crash, which occurred at about 9:15 a.m. Friday, FHP said. However, the two vehicles combined suffered an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to FHP.

McKenzie, 61, was pulling a flat-bed trailer with the semi he was driving northbound on U.S. 19 when he failed to slow down for the slower-moving road-grader being driven by James Cooper, 77.

The semi's right front collided with the road-grader's left rear, causing the semi to jackknife. blocking all northbound lanes of Highway 19. Crews not only had to clear the vehicles blocking the highway but also had to clean up a minor diesel fuel spill, FHP said.

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