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Driver, passenger standing near car after crash on I-75 hit by tractor-trailer, troopers say

Woman killed, man seriously injured in crash

Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image.
Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image. (KPRC/File)

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured after getting hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 while they were standing outside their disabled vehicle following a crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the 23-year-old Spring Hill woman was driving southbound on the interstate just before midnight Saturday when she fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle, hitting a guardrail and ending up in the outside lane facing north. The car was disabled and without lighting on the interstate just north of County Road 514, according to the FHP.

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The FHP says the driver and the passenger, a 22-year-old Spring Hill man, got out of the car after it stopped in the outside lane and were standing near the car.

According to troopers, the driver of a tractor-trailer, who was also heading south on I-75, did not see the hazard lights from the disabled vehicle and hit the car as well as the two people standing near it.

The woman died as a result of the crash and the man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The 45-year-old man who was driving the tractor-trailer had minor injuries.


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