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Crash causes fertilizer spill on North Dale Mabry


Published:   |   Updated: May 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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An SUV rear-ended a lawn-care truck, which spilled its load of liquid fertilizer onto North Dale Mabry Highway on Monday morning, officials said.

The spill closed Dale Mabry’s northbound traffic in Carrollwood for about two hours, officials said.

Charles Eadens, 51, of Tampa, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet 3500 PK, which was carrying about 250 gallons on fertilizer mixed with water, officials said. The truck was owned by American Lawn & Pest, of Parrish.

At 7:49 a.m., Eadens had stopped in Dale Mabry’s center median and was attempting to enter northbound traffic near Lazy Lane, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Ali Zumbado, 23, of Tampa, was driving a 2002 Mercedes-Benz north on Dale Mabry in the left lane, troopers said. For unknown reasons, troopers said, Zumbado failed to maintain control of the vehicle and drifted into the median, striking the rear of the truck.

After impact, portions of the fertilizer spilled onto the road, troopers said.

Northbound traffic remained closed until a hazardous materials crew arrived and removed the material, officials said.

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