Crime & Courts
Dump truck crash shuts down U.S. 41 for two hours
A dump truck blew its right front tire on U.S. Highway 41 in Apollo Beach and crashed into a utility pole, causing the power lines to fall across the roadway and close traffic for nearly two hours on Tuesday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Mahadeo Noopnarine, 47, of Palmetto suffered minor injuries in the 4:12 p.m. crash on U.S. Highway 41 just north of 12th Street NE, FHP said. Noopnarine was heading south on U.S. 41 in the dump truck when the tire blew. He lost control of the vehicle, which traveled across a paved bicycle lane, sidewalk and grass shoulder and then crashed into a utility pole, FHP said. The dump truck struck several trees and then overturned. The collision into the utility pole caused the power lines to fall and cover both northbound and southbound U.S. Highway 41, FHP said.The load of dirt the dump truck was carrying spilled along the shoulder of the roadway, FHP said. Noopnarine wasn't charged, FHP said.