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3 dead in Okeechobee County head-on collision

Posted at 9:55 AM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 07:54:40-04

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida Highway Patrol says 3 people died in a crash in Okeechobee county on Friday afternoon.

According to FHP, a black Dodge Challenger was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 441 at 1:50 p.m. behind a tractor trailer truck.

At the same time, a white Kia Sportage SUV was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 441.

FHP says the Dodge Challenger attempted to pass the tractor trailer and crashed into the front of the Kia Sportage.

That collision projected the Kia into the southbound lane, where the front of the Kia was struck by the front of the tractor trailer.

The driver of the Kia, 66-year-old Valerie J. Edlemon, and one passenger, 49-year-old Tonya L. Macon, both of Okeechobee, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Another passenger, 14-year-old Jalen Edlemon of Okeechobee, was pronounced deceased at Raulerson Hospital.

The driver of the Dodge Challenger, 31-year-old Michael Murph of Orlando, suffered minor injuries.  His passenger, 19-year-old Vernisha Murph, suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized at Raulerson Hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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