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Troopers identify drivers in Pasco I-75 crash

WESLEY CHAPEL — Troopers are continuing to investigate a on Interstate 75 that left a passenger dead. The names of the three drivers were released early Friday.

Around 9 p.m., a 2003 Toyota Tundra driven by 39-year-old Rajendra Ram, of Ocklawaha, was heading north on I-75, north of State Road 56. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ram came upon slowing traffic but failed to reduce speed, hitting a semi-truck that was carrying about 8,500 gallons of fuel.

Ram was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital by helicopter in critical condition. His passenger, whose name has not been released, died at the scene, troopers said.

The semi-truck driver, Dionisio Lopez, 42, of Brandon, had minor injuries.

Troopers said another vehicle, a 2008 Chrysler van, was damaged from debris that flew off during the collision. But the driver, 65-year-old John C Heiby, of Ohio, was not injured.

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