North Port man dies in interstate rollover crash

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MANATEE COUNTY - A fatal crash involving a vehicle towing a U-Haul trailer resulted in the death of a North Port man Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened around 3:15pm in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 near mile marker 216, which is near the Linger Lodge overpass, north of the University Parkway exit.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by 81-year-old Kasper Flueck of North Port was towing a U-Haul box trailer when the trailer began to sway.  The swaying motion caused the vehicle to jackknife, and the SUV overturned.

Kasper Flueck died at the scene.  His passenger, 70-year-old Rosetta Flueck, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  They both were wearing seat belts.

The crash caused extensive backups in both directions, as northbound traffic was reduced to just one lane for about three hours.