News: Brooksville employee killed in crash of sanitation truck on US-41


BROOKSVILLE, FL – An employee of the City of Brooksville Department of Public Works was killed when his sanitation truck crashed Monday morning, the Suncoast News reports.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the worker, Ed Johnson, was going south on US-41 at about 6:15 a.m. when he lost control of the truck and was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway.  The truck hit a guardrail south of Mondon Hill Road, went down an embankment and partially overturned.  Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.  Authorities said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time.

Johnson had retired from the DPW after 15 years on the job but returned to work in April 2023 because he loved the job, city officials said.

“This morning, I was informed of the sudden death of one of Brooksville’s finest employees, Ed Johnson,” said Brooksville Mayor Blake Bell. As we mourn this loss, we are reminded that our city workers are the backbone of our small town’s government. Brooksville’s thoughts and earnest prayers are with the family during this sad time.”

State troopers are investigating the cause of the accident.

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