OCALA — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper, tow-truck driver and pedestrian were killed Saturday afternoon when they were hit by a pickup on Interstate 75 while working at the scene of an earlier accident.
Officials said the trooper, Chelsea Renee Richard, was investigating a two-car accident that occurred about 1:40 p.m. at mile marker 341 south of Ocala. Richard, a 9-year FHP veteran, was standing on the shoulder of the southbound lanes with tow-truck driver John Duggan, about 2 p.m. when a pickup involved in a second accident hit them and a pedestrian, George Robert Phillips, 52, of Ocala, officials said.
Richard and Duggan died at the scene. Phillips was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he died later, according to the FHP.