FHP releases name of truck driver killed in I-75 crash

Florida Highway Bureau of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Thompson takes some notes at the scene of a fatal accident Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 75.

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Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:05 a.m.

Florida Highway Patrol officials have released the name of the driver killed in a traffic accident involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 75 Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as Daniel Loople, 45, of Ocoee. Loople was an employee at ABA Carriers from Ocoee. He was driving a truck with an empty trailer at the time of the crash, officials said.

Troopers said Michele Richardson-Lozano, driver of a Dollar General rig, was in the outside lane on I-75 just north of the Orange Lake/Irvine exit in Marion County. She was slowing down and almost coming to a stop because of an accident farther up the road, when Loople's vehicle slammed into the back of the Dollar General truck.

Richardson-Lozano and her passenger, Jon P. Lytle, 49, were not seriously injured in the wreck.

Loople was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where he was pronounced dead.

Marion County Fire Rescue officials said about 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the accident, along with the contents of 15 one-gallon containers of bleach.

Northbound traffic was backed up for miles as only one lane of the highway remained open until at least 11 p.m. Wednesday as workers cleared the vehicles and cleaned up the fluids.

The truck driver's death was the 39th traffic-related fatality of the year in Marion County.

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