TAMPA — A West Tampa man died and his father was critically injured Saturday after being overcome by fumes while working on a tanker truck, authorities said.
Luis E. Gonzalez, 29, entered the tanker at Barnett Transportation, 4904 Towaway Ave. in East Tampa, about 10:45 a.m. along with his father, 53-year-old Ernesto Gonzalez.
The truck's driver, who is the Gonzalezes' friend, suspected that the tanker had an obstruction because it was draining slowly, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The Gonzalezes entered to take a look. Both men were felled by the fumes while inside the tanker, deputies said. A third man called 911.
Luis Gonzalez, of 3002 W St. John's St., was pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital. Ernesto Gonzalez, who also shares that address, was in critical condition at that hospital Saturday evening .
The tanker was empty but had at one point been used to transport hot asphalt and still contained fumes due to the lack of ventilation inside, said Nacole Revette, a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman.