Vegas police ID detective killed in falling beam on Vegas freeway | National


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas police detective was the motorist killed when a steel crossbar marking low clearance during a freeway construction project collapsed atop his vehicle, the department said Friday.

Justin Terry, 45, was on duty in an unmarked Las Vegas police cruiser when he died in what the department said was a tragic accident on US 95 near the 215 Beltway interchange in the northwest from Vegas.

Police say Terry joined the department in 2001 and is currently assigned to the Homicide and Sex Crimes Bureau. He was also part of a sex offender apprehension group and worked with a US Marshals task force.

The married father-of-two was also credited with starting a police dirt bike program that allowed officers to travel to hard-to-reach desert locations to find and serve the homeless.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that bystanders tried to provide assistance before paramedics and Nevada Highway Patrol soldiers arrived after the 7 a.m. incident.

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Justin Hopkins, a Nevada Department of Transportation official, told the newspaper that an oversized construction machine towed on a trailer dislodged the beam erected as a height warning for trucks approaching the overpass work area.

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