FHP: 3 dead, 1 critical after a stolen Marion County patrol car and a pickup truck collide.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash in Marion County that left three people dead and one person in critical condition Thursday afternoon.
Updated at 6:30 p.m.:
The Florida Highway Patrol said the suspect who stole deputies’ cruiser was a 33-year-old woman, one of the three people who died in that crash.
Troopers said the stolen vehicle, an SUV, collided with a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction on Interstate 40.
Two passengers in the pickup truck also died, and one person in the pickup truck was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to forces.
FHP has not released any details about the occupants of the pickup truck at this time.
The crash occurred on East Highway 40 in Silver Springs, just west of SE 196th Terrace Road, and involved a stolen Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrol car and a pickup truck.
According to FHP, troopers were called to the scene just before 2:30 p.m
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was responding to a suspicious incident call around 2 p.m. at Forest Plaza near Winn Dixie. When the deputy contacted one of the individuals suspected of being involved in that incident, another person jumped into the deputies’ vehicle and drove off.
Deputies said the person who stole the car was not involved in the suspicious accident call.
The person in the stolen cruiser fled at a high rate of speed eastbound on Interstate 40. Pursued by another deputy, the driver of the stolen cruiser continued to flee at a high rate of speed, eventually crashing into a pickup truck traveling westbound on Interstate 40. .
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Investigators confirmed the death of three people. None of the people involved have been identified.
All lanes of State Route 40 in the area are closed while the FHP investigation continues.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office were also on scene to investigate the incident.
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