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Driver dies trying to ram gate at NAS Jacksonville

Will Dickey
Florida Times-Union
A driver was killed Thursday after crashing into a security barrier at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Traffic backed up on U.S. 17 this morning after man died trying to ram a gate into Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Gate sentries deployed a protective barrier that stopped the vehicle from entering the station at the Birmingham Gate, the southernmost gate, about 6:30 a.m., NAS said in a news release.

The driver has no known military affiliation. NAS released no information about his motives. WJCT News partner News4Jax reported that the man was fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run crash on Roosevelt Boulevard at Timuquana Road.

Anyone who saw the NAS crash is asked to contact the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at (808) 478-8353.

The Birmingham Gate will remain closed until further notice. Drivers were advised to enter the station through the Yorktown or Allegheny gates.