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Orange Park man killed in I-95 crash after truck strikes his disabled car near Matanzas Woods Parkway exit

Olando Ellis, 63, was in his stalled Mercedes in the southbound outside lane when a tractor trailer rear-ended the car.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Orange Park resident Olando Ellis, 63, was killed on southbound Interstate 95 early the morning of Jan. 30 when a tractor trailer crashed into his stalled car.

The crash happened at about 3:12 a.m. Ellis' 2005 Mercedes S420 was stalled in the outside lane of travel near the Matanzas Woods Parkway exit, and had no lights, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. Ellis was sitting inside. 

The 2005 Peterbilt semi, driven by 55-year-old Orlando resident Edson Da Silva, was in the same lane, and "was unable to see the disabled vehicle, and rear ended the Mercedes," according to the FHP news release. 

The truck overturned, slid through the road's guardrail in the median, and came to rest blocking four lanes, northbound and southbound, of I-95.

Ellis died at the scene of the crash. Da Silva was not injured, according to the news release.

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