MANATEE COUNTY – One man is dead and another taken to the hospital Monday after a two vehicle crash in Duette.


The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened just before noon on County Road 39.


Patrol officers blocked off traffic in both directions.


A tractor trailer traveling north and an Isuzu truck pulling a trailer headed south.


The Isuzu crossed the center line and struck the left side of the tractor trailer with its left front.


The driver of the Isuzu died at the scene while driver of the tractor trailer suffered minor injuries.


An ambulance transported the passenger in the Isuzu to a hospital in Tampa.


Florida Highway Patrol Captain John Donovan says crashes can be severe in less populated areas.


“This is kind of a desolate area so crashes don’t happen here often but when they do they can be quite serious.”


The investigation continues and no charges are pending.