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An investigation continued Saturday into a fiery Pasco County truck crash that killed a Naples man.
Daniel Woodruff, 58, whose address was listed as 5240 Cherry Wood Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene after a U-Haul moving truck in which he was riding flipped onto its side on the shoulder of Interstate 75.
According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Woodruff was sitting in the middle between driver Christopher Loughlin, 32, and John Robertson, 24, both also of Naples.
Loughlin told officers that a small red vehicle changed lanes in front of him, causing him to swerve to avoid a collision.
Loughlin lost control of the truck, which overturned onto its left side.
Other motorists stopped and pulled Loughlin and Robertson from the wreck, but it caught fire. Woodruff was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 2000 GMC U-Haul was southbound at about 5:36 p.m. Friday. Witnesses said there was no contact between the truck and the other vehicle.
“I don’t know if the other vehicle even knew,” said Sgt. Larry Kraus of the Florida Highway Patrol. “It wasn’t a good situation.”
Loughlin and Robertson were taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Tampa, where they were listed in serious condition Saturday.
A Naples man died Friday when a moving truck crashed and caught fire on Interstate 75 in Pasco County.
A passenger in the U-Haul crash, 58-year-old Daniel Woodruff, died on the scene. The driver, 32-year-old Christopher Loughlin, and another passenger, 24-year-old John Robertson, also both of Naples, were pulled from the truck by a passing motorist. They were taken to the St. Joseph Hospital where they are listed in serious condition.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the truck's driver said he swerved after a small red vehicle changed lanes in front of him while he was driving south on I-75. The truck traveled onto the west shoulder and overturned, then caught fire.