PLANT CITY — A man died late Tuesday when the car he was driving slammed into the back of a dump truck that had run out of gas on Bruton Road in Plant City, according to Hillsborough sheriff's officials.
The dump truck driver, Charles Middleton, 30, of Dover, was putting gas in the truck, which had broke down about 8:30 p.m. on the north side of Bruton Road, facing west, deputies said.
At the same time, John Carter Phillips, 53, was headed west on Bruton Road in a 1996 Nissan going about 40 mph, authorities said. He did not see the dump truck and ran into the back of it.
Phillips died at the scene. A passenger in the car, who was unidentified, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with a severe neck injury, authorities said.
Compliance officers with the Department of Transportation conducted a vehcile inspection of the truck. Charges were pending against Middleton, who was not injured in the crash, deputies said.