Transportation

Passengers Stuck on Plane Returning From Baltimore

Passengers Stuck on Plane Returning From Baltimore

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Passengers on flight 1007 from Baltimore have deplaned after being stuck at the gate for about 25 minutes.

The reason for the delay is due to the front door to the plane becoming stuck.

First Coast News Managing Editor Casey Clark was on that flight and snapped these pictures for us of the commotion on the plane.

Ground crews with Southwest Airlines brought an open stairwell to the rear of the plane for passengers to deplane through the back exit.

At this time everyone has deplaned safely.

Cecil Airport Wins State Approval as Official ‘Space Territory’

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that it received support from the State of Florida in its efforts to transform Cecil Airport into a 21st century commercial spaceport when Space Florida officially designated Cecil as a “Space Territory” on June 9.

The Space Territory designation affords a number of opportunities. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) now has legal authority to fund spaceport-related transportation facilities within Cecil to better accommodate horizontal launch space travel. 

Cecil recently received grant funds from the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) for the development of a Spaceport Master Plan.  Combined with Space Florida’s decision, JAA will now be able to pursue funds to design and construct new roadways, taxiways, and assembly and payload facilities. 

OMCC Participates in Roadcheck 2011

The Florida Department of Transportation Office of Motor Carrier Compliance will take part in Roadcheck 2011, an international activity that will take place June 7-9 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Three Transported to Hospital After Car Crashes into Home

Three Transported to Hospital After Car Crashes into Home

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- An 8-year-old girl went to the hospital after a full-size Ford pickup truck crashed into her home near the intersection of Blairmore Boulevard and Clermont Drive, officials said.

Rescue workers at the scene explained that a man and his wife were driving down Clermont when the man began to lose control of the vehicle. 

The wife told the Clay County Fire Department that her husband appeared to be choking so she grabbed the wheel, but couldn't steer the car clear of the fence they crashed through.

After hitting the fence, the woman told rescuers that the car did a nearly 360-degree turn and ended up crashing into the home.

The husband went to the hospital.

The truck wound up on top of the little girl, who was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but rescuers said they thought the child would be alright.

Fuel Price Brief for the Week of May 8

Oil prices dropped below $100 a barrel for the first time since February 25, to settle Friday at $97.18 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—$16.75 less than last week. The announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death immediately caused oil prices to drop $10 a barrel at the start of the week on speculation his death could ease some of the turmoil in the Middle East.

Sinkhole Closes Northbound Lane on Blanding Blvd.

Sinkhole Closes Northbound Lane on Blanding Blvd.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A sinkhole has forced the Clay County Sheriff's Office to close one northbound lane of Blanding Boulevard, south of the Orange Park Mall.

Accoridng to CCSO, the far right lane will be closed for about four hours while the Florida Department of Transportation works to repair it. 

The sinkhole measures 3-feet-deep by 2-feet-wide and is located near the intersection of Blanding and Edson Drive.

Deputies are on scene to direct traffic around the road closure.  CCSO is asking motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.  The alternate routes are SR 17 and Brannanfield/Chaffee Road.

First Coast News has a crew headed to the scene and will be giving live updates beginning at 5 p.m.

Two Trapped, Transported After Collins Road Crash

Two Trapped, Transported After Collins Road Crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At least two people were trapped after a crash on Collins Road Wednesday night, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.

An air transport unit had to take at least one of those people to the hospital, JFRD spokesman Tom Francis relayed.

Jacksonville Sheriff's officers said they got the call for the crash, which they said was near the Orange Park North Mobile Home Park, just shortly before 9 p.m.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and witnesses described a pickup truck on its top in the roadway as well as a car that had run off the roadway into some bushes.