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Dump truck driver slams into utility poles on Roosevelt Boulevard

LARGO — A dump truck driver was hurt Friday morning after crashing into several utility poles on Roosevelt Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Raul German Llanes was driving the truck west on Roosevelt Boulevard near Bay Vista Drive about 8:50 a.m. when he lost control of the truck, which was empty, traveled onto the shoulder and slammed into the poles, troopers said.

Several poles belonging to Duke Energy, Bright House and Verizon were damaged, as well as some signs owned by nearby businesses.

Llanes, 36, of Tampa, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with minor injuries and was later released, troopers said.

The crash shut down Roosevelt Boulevard in both directions until 10 a.m. However, the westbound lanes of Roosevelt from the Bayside Bridge to Bay Vista Drive remain closed as utility crews repair the poles.

Llanes was cited for careless driving.

Dump truck driver slams into utility poles on Roosevelt Boulevard 03/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 6:43pm]

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