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Dump truck's brakes fail in downtown Tampa accident

A dump truck carrying a load of dirt sits near the sign at the entrance to the newly renovated Water Works Park after the driver said his brakes failed Monday morning. The park and a stretch of N Highland Avenue were closed until the truck was towed away. 
A dump truck carrying a load of dirt sits near the sign at the entrance to the newly renovated Water Works Park after the driver said his brakes failed Monday morning. The park and a stretch of N Highland Avenue were closed until the truck was towed away. 
Published Dec. 30, 2014

TAMPA — A dump truck fully loaded with dirt crashed in Water Works Park Monday morning, closing a portion of Highland Avenue in Tampa. No injuries were reported

The single-vehicle accident happened about 8:40 a.m. when the truck's driver was leaving Interstate 275 onto southbound Doyle Carlton Drive but failed to negotiate a left turn, Tampa police said. The driver told police his brakes failed.

The truck went through the front gate of the Water Works Park but stopped short of the Hillsborough River, police said.

The Department of Environmental Protection and Tampa Fire Rescue also responded to handle an oil spill.

The driver of the truck, Ariel Perez Alvarez, 43, of Halifax Drive, Tampa, was issued a traffic ticket for defective brakes and tires.

The truck was towed and Highland Avenue was reopened for traffic.

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