Fatal crash closes north, south lanes of US 301 in Marion County, FHP says

Investigation underway between CR 318 and SE 175th Street.

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A fatal Marion County crash closed both northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the wreck occurred at 1:00 p.m. on US 301 at SE 175th Street.

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A 40-year-old man from Citra who was walking north on the eastern shoulder of US 301 suddenly darted into northbound lanes and was struck by a pickup truck, troopers said.

The pickup truck veered left into southbound lanes and collided with a tractor trailer, and the Citra man was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said.

The fatal accident is currently under investigation, and troopers caution drivers to avoid the area if possible.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 6 for updates.

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