Florida Highway Patrol

30-year State Trooper dies in I-75 weekend collision in Alachua COunty

June 19, 2017 - 7:36 am


A state trooper died after being struck by two cars colliding on Interstate 75 in Alachua County.  The accident happened in northern Alachua County near MM 403.

According to a statement from Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry Rhodes and Florida Highway Patrol Col. Gene Spaulding, the trooper was outside his patrol car when he was struck Saturday evening around 10 p.m.

A report from Florida Highway Patrol said Sgt. William Trampass Bishop had been at the scene of a previous crash involving a car parked in the southbound emergency lane.  Bishop was struck when two other cars driving south collided.

The 52-year-old trooper was pronounced dead at a hospital. Officials said Bishop had been a Florida state trooper for 30 years.

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