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TANKER CRASH SHUTS DOWN U.S. 27

BSO Case Number: BS02-11-1856
PIO Number: 02-11-4
Date: November 5, 2002
Place of Occurrence: U.S. 27 & Interstate 75, Broward County, FL

Victim(s):

  • Thurman D. Bean, 58, 6/11/44, 255 73rd Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating a traffic crash early this morning that forced the closure of U.S. Route 27 in Broward County for nearly ten hours and sent a St. Petersburg trucker to the hospital.

Shortly after 2:30 the morning of Tuesday, November 05, 2002, 58-year old Thurman Dewayne Bean of 255 73rd Avenue North, was driving a semi hauling 4,000 gallons of liquid chlorine when he rolled the rig. According to investigators, Bean was on the on the ramp from the eastbound lanes of Interstate-75 to the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 27 when he lost control. The vehicle and tanker went down a small embankment and onto southbound 27 where both rolled over, trapping the driver in the truck’s cab.

Mr. Bean was extracted from the vehicle and airlifted to Broward General Medical Center in critical condition. Northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Route 27 were closed about a quarter mile from either side of the accident scene from nearly 3:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. when the northbound lanes were reopened. The southbound lanes remained closed until about 10:30 a.m. By that time, approximately 3,300 gallons of the liquid chlorine had leaked from the damaged tanker.

The truck Mr. Bean was driving is registered to the Brenntag Mid-South, Incorporated office in Clearwater, Florida.

Investigators from the Broward Sheriff's Office Traffic Homicide Unit are working to determine the cause of the crash.

No other injuries were reported.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. J. Gill, THI
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 11/5/02 12:00 p.m.

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