Two vehicle crashes shutdown I-75 south in Charlotte County on Saturday morning. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Two crashes, one deadly, shut down I-75 south in Charlotte County

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating two crashes, one of them deadly, on I-75 south near North Jones Loop Road that has shut down the roadway.

Traffic is being routed off of the highway at US-17.

According to FHP, both crashes occurred just after 6 a.m.

The fatal crash happened at 6:18 a.m. and involved a sedan and pickup. Troopers say the sedan was stopped in the southbound left lane on the N. Jones Loop Road overpass with no lights on.

The pickup truck was traveling in the left land and rear-ended the sedan causing it to rotate a number of times and to strike a guardrail and caught on fire.

The driver of the sedan died. Their identity is unknown at this time. A 30-year-old man, of Venice, driving the pickup sustained minor injuries.

One of them involved a tractor-trailer and a Honda sedan, according to a news release. The crash happened at 6:45 a.m. The sedan was traveling southbound behind the tractor-trailer, in the right lane. The tractor-trailer was traveling slow due to a crash located 1,500 feet ahead of him.

The sedan failed to slow down and struck the rear of the tractor-trailer. A 23-year-old man, of Gainesville, driving the sedan is in critical condition. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

No other information is known at this time.

This is a developing story. 

Writer:Melissa Montoya
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