PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- US 41 remains partially blocked at West Tarpon Blvd. after a four-vehicle crash, involving a Charlotte County Sheriff's patrol car.
Diesel that spilled during the crash caused pavement damage that still has to be repaired. At least one lane remains blocked.
The driver of the dumptruck, 23-year-old Valentin Pupo, was driving southbound on US 41, approaching the intersection with W. Tarpon Boulevard. Thomas John Frient, 32, and Sandra Jean Harris, 49, were stopped in their respective vehicles at the intersection of US 41 South and W. Tarpon Boulevard to yield the right of way to a deputies' vehicle that had its with lights and sirens activated. The deputy had been making a left turn from US 41 North onto W. Tarpon Boulevard and stopped in the intersection to observe oncoming traffic. Pupo failed to stop in time, causing a domino effect. The dumptruck dropped approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway.
Frient and Harris were transported to Fawcett Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Pupo was issued a citation for Careless Driving.