Man killed in Sarasota County crash

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The scene of a fiery crash in Sarasota County. (Photo via viewer Alex Corwin)

NORTH PORT, Fla. A 27-year-old man died in a crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 75 southbound at mile marker 184 near Sumter Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The wreck involving two semi-trucks happened around 5:08 a.m. Matthew Simon, of Riverview, Florida, was traveling south in the right lane of Interstate 75 when he struck Fernando Irizarry Rivera, 61, who was driving in front of him, according to the FHP.

Simon’s vehicle swerved off onto the shoulder of the road and became engulfed in flames, troopers said.

All southbound lanes were closed at mile marker 190 for several hours before reopening just before 12:45 p.m.

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