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Crash that killed trooper in Marion County claims third life

Crash that killed trooper in Marion County claims third life

OCALA, Fla. (WFLA.com) - A third person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash on Interstate 75 in Marion County that claimed the life of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

George R. Phillips, a 52-year-old Ocala resident, passed away late Saturday night at Ocala Regional Medical Center.

According to a FHP report Trooper Chelsea R. Richard, 30, and tow truck driver John Dugan, 57, were pronounced dead at the scene just before 2 p.m. Trooper Richard and Dugan had responded to a two-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of I-75 just south of Ocala when they were struck by a pick-up truck.

Phillips, Dugan and Trooper Richard were standing on the east shoulder of the roadway when they were hit.

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