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Metro Police Officer Killed After Semitrailer Hits Construction Beam Which Fell Onto Vehicle [video]

Nevada Highway Patrol spokeswoman Ashlee Wellman said a semitrailer towing an excavator was headed south on U.S. 95 near the 215 Beltway at 7 a.m. when the excavator struck a beam that was part of the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Centennial

Bowl construction project.

The large steel beam then tumbled onto the highway, crushing an unmarked police vehicle driven by Detective Justin Terry, 45. He died at the scene.

“A beam fell on top of a car,” Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said. “When we arrived, several people were trying to give aid. There was one person in the car deceased, and we turned it over to the Nevada State Police.”

The death led to a stirring tribute to Terry from his co-workers Friday afternoon. The officer’s body was transported from the crash scene to the Clark County’s coroner’s office by a procession of more than 60 police motorcycles, cars and SUVs. Police closed the on-ramps to southbound U.S. 95 as the procession rolled into central Las Vegas and down Rancho Drive to the coroner’s office.

Terry was on duty at the time of his death. Police said he was assigned to the homicide sex crimes bureau, sexual assault and abuse section. He joined the force in 2001.

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