Construction beam falls on car, killing Las Vegas detective
LAS VEGAS (KVVU/Gray News) - Authorities say a driver died after a construction beam fell, hitting the victim’s vehicle.
Nevada State Police told KVVU that a tractor-trailer driver carrying a large piece of construction equipment was going southbound on U.S. 95 when it hit a metal beam as the vehicle was traveling under an overpass.
The metal beam then landed on a silver sedan that was following behind the tractor-trailer.
State police confirmed that the man driving that car was pronounced dead on scene, and sources confirmed with KVVU that a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detective was the person killed.
The Las Vegas Police Protection Agency, which represents the department’s police officers, confirmed the death in a statement.
“Today is a very sad and tragic day for the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. In a tragic accident on the freeway, one of our own lost their life,” the agency said.
According to KVVU, Las Vegas police later identified the person who died as Detective Justin Terry.
Authorities said the tractor-trailer driver was cooperative as police continue the investigation.
The Nevada Department of Transportation is working to replace the beam, which is part of a construction project. The height limit for going under the overpass where the collision occurred is 15 feet.
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