Deadly crash on Buckman Bridge, vehicle into St. Johns River

The 23-year-old FDOT driver rear-ended the Toyota, causing it to travel onto the right shoulder and strike the concrete wall. The Toyota then traveled over the wall and into the water below.

Jacksonville, Fl — One person has died in a crash on the Buckman Bridge in Mandarin this morning.

Florida Highway Patrol says a Road Ranger was headed northbound toward Orange Park around 3:30 am when he hit a pickup truck, sending it into the St. Johns River.

The occupant, a 61-year-old man from Jacksonville, died. The crash happened about one-half mile onto the bridge, not at the top of the span.

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The driver of the Road Ranger was not injured and was questioned by FHP, so far no charges have been filed. A crash report indicates the Road Ranger was a 23-year-old man from Jacksonville.

“We do believe at this point that it was just during the regular patrol operations that they do in our area.”, said FHP Sgt. Dylan Bryan.

A 2015 FDOT study of the Buckman Bridge led to several key takeaways about safety, the height of barrier walls, and more.


The study found only a small fraction of crashes where a vehicle went into the river. As a result of that study, FDOT began a bridge safety project that includes new overhead signage.

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