ROCKLEDGE, Florida --At approximately 5:15 p.m. today, a heavy rain storm in Brevard County occurred around I-95. FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes said that as vehicles began slowing due to poor visibility, one car did not slow and ran into the back of another car.
The first crash started a chain of crashes that all occurred along a two mile stretch in the southbound lanes of I-95 near Rockledge, Florida. A total of five crashes involving around a dozen vehicles occurred on I-95 from mile marker 195 to mile marker 197.
Montes said that preliminary information has seven people transported to two hospitals plus two other people with injuries. All injuries are non-life threatening.
One of the crashes involved a semi truck from Target. FHP determined that the driver took evasive action when cars were crashing in the lanes ahead of the semi. As the semi drove onto the shoulder, the semi overturned.
All of the crashes remain under investigation and charges are pending.
All lanes were closed for much of the afternoon, but two lanes have re-opened while the right hand lane remains closed. Traffic remains backed up to State Road 520 as of 9:35 p.m.