Man killed in fiery crash with box truck on SR-31 in Charlotte County

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A man was killed in a fiery crash with a box truck on SR-31 in Charlotte County early Wednesday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 23-year-old man from Fort Myers was driving a sedan south on SR-31, north of Neal Road, around 4:45 a.m. A box truck driven by a 29-year-old man from Tampa was traveling north on SR-31, north of Neal Road. The car veered onto the northbound travel lane and its front left collided with the front left of the truck, which then collided with a guardrail on the northbound shoulder, caught on
fire and came to rest.

Charlotte County Fire says the box truck was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck, however, was not injured, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The car came to rest on the northbound lane of SR-31 and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

A firefighter extinguishing the remains of a burning box truck. Credit: Charlotte County Public Safety

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