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Driver dies when van hits parked tanker on I-4

By Times Staff
Published February 16, 2005

SEFFNER - A 49-year-old Seffner man died Tuesday when his 1998 Ford Econoline van smashed into a parked tanker truck on Interstate 4.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Brian S. Robinson, of 802 Shangri-La Drive, was driving east in one of the inside lanes just past Williams Road when "for unknown reasons" he crossed to the opposite side of eastbound traffic.

His van struck the back of the tanker truck, spun around and caught fire. Robinson was ejected.

The driver of the tanker truck, Mickey L. Thompson, 47, of Kingsland, Ga., had pulled over because he wanted to check out a possible mechanical problem, Highway Patrol officials said. Thompson, who was in the cab at the time of impact, was taken to Brandon Regional Hospital for minor injuries. His truck was carrying non-flammable materials.

[Last modified February 16, 2005, 01:20:12]

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