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Dump truck crash knocks down power lines, closes stretch of busy Clearwater road

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The crash happened just before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Westminster Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. The crash happened just before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Westminster Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard.
The crash happened just before 9 a.m. at e intersection of Westminster Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. The crash happened just before 9 a.m. at e intersection of Westminster Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard.
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

Two westbound lanes of Roosevelt Boulevard in Clearwater were closed near the Bayside Bridge Friday morning after a dump truck lost control and knocked down nearby power lines.

A dump truck driven by Raul German Llanes, 36, of  Tampa, was traveling westbound on Roosevelt when it lost control, went to the shoulder of the road and crashed into several power and utility poles around 8:46 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash happened at the intersection of Westminster Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard.

Llanes was transported to Bayfront Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Joni Butler works near the scene of the accident.

"We were sitting in our office and heard this noise, which isn't uncommon. Then the noise continued and as we looked out the window, we could see this dump truck actually kind of swerving a little bit, taking out the poles, going down the ravine and then the poles all crashed down into the street," said Butler.

The crash closed Roosevelt Boulevard in both directions until 10 a.m. Authorities closed the westbound lanes of Roosevelt Boulevard from CR-611 to Bay Vista Drive. The lanes will remain closed until utility crews repair the downed power lines.

Several utility poles owned by Duke Energy, Brighthouse, and Verizon were damaged in the crash. The dump truck involved in the crash is owned by Aljovin Corporation of Tampa.

Stay with WFLA.com for updates on this developing story.

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