Florida deputy, corrections officer die after colliding head-on, FHP says

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It was not yet known if the crash was directly related to the approach of Hurricane Irma along the west coast of Florida.

Vehicles driven by a sheriff's deputy and a correctional officer crashed into each other Sunday morning, killing both in Hardee County, southeast of Tampa.

"She worked the shelter all night and was going home to retrieve some more items and then go back to the shelter", Sheriff Arnold Lanier told the Herald-Advocate.

The Hardee County sheriff's deputy was identified by The Naples Daily News as Julia Bridges, a 13-year veteran of the department. She was planning on returning to work another shift this morning when she was killed.

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, he was driving to work at the time. The vehicles hit each other head-on.

"I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of these the two individuals", he said in a statement.

Hardee Correctional Institution - near Wauchula, east of Bradenton - was not among the prisons the state evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma, FDOC said. "It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely", Scott said.

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