Helicopter crashes on road, killing pickup truck passenger

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By: CBS Miami | Associated Press
April 5, 2019

TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — A man in a truck was killed when a helicopter made an emergency landing on a busy roadway near Tampa.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 72-year-old man was killed when the rotor of a helicopter struck his truck as the pilot attempted an emergency landing after experiencing engine failure.

The chopper came down near an intersection in Palm River, hitting a pole on the way down.

The victim, Deodat Persaud Gangsapersaud, was a passenger in the truck being driven by his 35-year-old son Ryan Anthony Persaud when the rotor struck the vehicle. His son wasn’t injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Troopers say 38-year-old pilot Bryan Messick and 21-year-old co-pilot Joshua Wells weren’t injured.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says Messick was “highly trained” and that the helicopter had just been serviced.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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