• Jacksonville man dies in crash within the I-295 express lanes in Mandarin, troopers say

    By: Aurielle Eady , Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man who was driving in the I-295 North express lanes in the Mandarin area, has died after losing control of the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

    Troopers said the crash happened at 9:38 p.m. Sunday, south of the Old St. Augustine Road exit. 

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    The man, troopers said, was driving a Grand Cherokee, crossed over the express lane dividers and collided with a Chevrolet Camaro in the inside lane. FHP stated the Grand Cherokee crossed over the express lanes once more and overturned many times.

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    The car came to a rest within the express lanes and the inside shoulder. That driver identified as, Thomas Clarke, 34, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center and pronounced dead. 

    Officials said the 51-year-old woman driving the Camaro was taken to a hospital and was later released.

    The I-295 northbound lanes were closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.

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