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FHP trooper, tow truck driver and pedestrian killed in I-75 crash

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UPDATE: MAY 5, 2014  7:25 a.m.

OCALA, Fla. (WTXL) - Funeral arrangements are underway for three people killed in a crash on I-75 in Ocala Saturday, May 3rd.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard was among those killed in the accident. Fellow troopers say Richard was talking with a tow truck driver while responding to an accident on the shoulder of the road when they were hit by a pick-up truck.

Both Trooper Richard and driver John Duggan were killed. A third person identified as George Phillips was taken to a local hospital with injuries and later died.

Troopers are now looking into whether the driver of the pick-up truck was impaired at the time of the crash.

No charges have been filed.


OCALA, Fla. (WTXL)--A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was killed in the line of duty while working a traffic crash on Interstate 75. The trooper has been identified as Chelsea Richard.

At 1:40 p.m. Saturday, she arrived on scene of a two car crash on I-75 southbound at mile marker 341.

Both cars involved in the crash were located on the shoulder. Just after 2:00 p.m. as the trooper was talking with the tow truck driver, a multi-vehicle crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75, in the same area.

During the crash, a southbound pickup truck traveled onto the east shoulder and struck the FHP Patrol vehicle, the trooper, the tow truck driver and another pedestrian as they stood on the shoulder of the road. The trooper and the tow truck driver were pronounced dead on scene.

The third pedestrian was transported in critical condition to Ocala Regional Hospital.

Northbound lanes of I-75 remain open. South lanes of I-75 have heavy delays due to the traffic homicide investigation. Drivers should seek an alternate route. As more information is confirmed, an update will be sent out.