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One killed in fiery crash on I-4 in DeLand

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DELAND, Fla. - A crash involving three vehicles, including a semi truck, led to a fire on I-4 near Howland Boulevard in DeLand Friday night.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said one person was killed in the crash.

For unknown reasons, a 1986 Chevrolet was stopped in the westbound center lane of the highway as vehicles approached from behind, according to FHP. The Chevrolet was first struck from behind by a Nissan Sentra driven by 28-year-old Opal Debose. Debose and her passenger were not injured in the collision, troopers said.

Moments later, officials said a semi truck slammed into the back of the Chevrolet, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. The driver and sole occupant of the Chevrolet was killed in the crash. The semi truck driver was not injured, according to troopers.

Interstate 4 westbound was closed for almost six hours as troopers completed their investigation. The Florida Department of Transportation had to make repairs to a part of the roadway that was damaged by the crash and fire.

Troopers have not identified the victim.