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One dead in crash, State Road 70 reopened in east Manatee

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Troopers closed State Road 70 in eastern Manatee County for hours to investigate a fatal crash that occurred early Friday.

Both directions of State Road 70 at Mobley Pond Lane were closed most of the morning but were reopened by 1:40 p.m. Friday, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida Department of Transportation officials closed State Road 70 again between MJ Road and Sugarbowl Road around 2:20 p.m. for “emergency repairs.” The damage from the crash was fixed around 9:40 p.m. Friday night, a spokesperson said.

The crash that killed one person occurred around 6 a.m., FHP reported.

The driver of a 2008 Honda CRV, who has not been identified, was driving west on State Road 70 while a 48-year-old Arcadia man driving a semi truck was going east on State Route 70 near Mobley Pond Lane. The two vehicles collided head-on, according to FHP.

The semi truck caught fire after the crash, the driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

The CRV rotated, eventually stopping on the shoulder of State Road 70. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers reported the driver was not wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash.

A third vehicle, a 2015 Volkswagen, was driving west on State Road 70 and was reportedly involved in the crash, though the report was not immediately clear how. The driver, a 46-year-old Arcadia woman, suffered minor injuries, according to FHP.

The crash remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

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