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1 dead in fiery wreck in Sarasota

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said that a single-vehicle wreck killed a person early Sunday morning.

Deputies initially said wreck happened on University Parkway at Whitfield Avenue at 4 a.m., but later information from the Florida Highway Patrol said the incident happened shortly before 2 a.m.

The FHP said that the driver of a pickup truck with a trailer was heading east on the parkway when the truck went off the road into the median before hitting a tree.

The truck then caught on fire before stopped. The driver died at the scene of the incident, according to troopers.

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of University Parkway are closed as of this report.

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