1 killed in crash on Main Street Bridge
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 11:40:00 PM EDT
A 50-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon in a crash on the Main Street Bridge.
The crash, which happened just after 4 p.m., completely closed the bridge for about two hours.
Police said Jonathan Kirkland Jr. was driving a white Jeep Cherokee southbound and lost control for unknown reasons, crossing into the northbound lanes and striking a northbound black Ford Expedition nearly head-on. The driver of the northbound SUV was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
TRAFFIC MAP: Monitor conditions on major arteries
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, speed or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. Kirkland was not wearing a seat belt.
With thousands of people headed downtown for the season's first preseason Jaguars game, the crash created a massive traffic jam backup. Police held a 5:30 p.m. news conference to announce alternate routes, directing people to the Hart and Acosta bridges.
JSO Traffic Homicide detectives are investigating the crash.
Copyright 2014 by News4Jax.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.