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Road Ranger Injured in Four-Vehicle Crash on I-275

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One SUV ended up in a retention pond, FHP troopers say.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Road Ranger suffered minor injuries in a four-vehicle crash that ended with an SUV in a retention pond on I-275, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Jeffery Morgan, 38, of Valrico, was taken to Advent Health with minor injuries. Morgan with the Florida Department of Transportation’s Road Ranger Service Patrol, which conducts temporary traffic control operations for incidents, removes debris from the roadways, and provides assistance to stranded motorists.

One of the other drivers, Keymo Rashod Pearson, 35, of Wesley Chapel, was cited for Careless Driving. Troopers said Pearson was not injured.

The crash happened about 11:50 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 28) on southbound I-275 near the 57 milepost in Hillsborough County.

Morgan was driving a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, which was stopped on the shoulder of the road behind a 2001 Dodge Durango. Morgan had stopped to investigate the Dodge, which had been abandoned.

Troopers said Pearson was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse south on I-275 behind a slower moving 2017 Subaru Impreza. The Traverse, which was traveling at a “high rate of speed,” overtook and collided with the rear of the Subaru.

The impact pushed the Subaru to the shoulder of the road where it collided with the Silverado and Dodge.

The Traverse came to a final rest in a retention pond along the shoulder of the highway.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, troopers said.

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