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Driver collides with deputy's truck and impounded hog in trailer

TAMPA — The light turned green at State Road 39, and a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy hauling a hog in a trailer behind his pickup truck pulled into the intersection.

But authorities say a pickup truck going west on State Road 60 near Plant City didn't stop at the red light and collided with the deputy.

The impact disconnected the hog trailer, sending it into the intersection.

Sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said the deputy had some bumps, bruises and a sore neck.

The other driver, Robert John Gray, 47, of Tampa, sustained lacerations and internal bleeding, and was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital. He was reported in serious but stable condition.

The hog survived the crash uninjured, McKinnon said. The pig was loaded onto another trailer and carried to the sheriff's livestock holding pen.

McKinnon did not know why this particular hog had been impounded, but said swine found wandering in roadways and people's yards wind up in the pen, which comes out of the Sheriff's Office budget.

The deputy, Cpl. Bruce Harrell, 45, has worked with the Sheriff's Office for 19 years, McKinnon said. An independent witness corroborated his account of the crash. McKinnon said Gray has an extensive history of driving violations, and he will be charged with running a red light.

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at or (813) 226-3354.

Driver collides with deputy's truck and impounded hog in trailer 07/20/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 10:06pm]
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