Driver, teen dead in I-75 Charlotte County crash

Writer: Paul Dolan
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A sedan caught fire after losing control on I-75 in Charlotte County on Wednesday night. (CREDIT: Florida Highway Patrol)

A 39-year-old man and 16-year-old boy are dead after a single-vehicle crash in Charlotte County on Wednesday night.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the vehicle was traveling on I-75 at a high rate of speed near mile marker 155 when the 39-year-old driver lost control, entered the grass shoulder, rotated, collided with a tree and then caught fire.

A 35-year-old Punta Gorda man who was a passenger in the vehicle suffered serious injuries, troopers said.

The impact caused the motor to become separated from the vehicle.

The driver and teen passenger died on the scene.

The crash led to a complete roadblock for hours on northbound I-75. Traffic was rerouted onto Bayshore Road.

The crash remains under investigation.

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