Truck crashes into office of Florida State Representative Melony Bell

Posted at 11:20 AM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 10:09:08-05

UPDATE: FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida municipal worker appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he crashed a city truck into the office of a state lawmaker.

The Ledger reports that the 21-year-old man was hospitalized after the crash yesterday morning in Fort Meade. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says charges are pending results of drug tests, though the streets department worker told deputies that he had been smoking K2, synthetic marijuana, at the time.

The city truck hit the office of state Rep. Melony Bell. She says the truck slammed into the desk belonging to her assistant, but the woman had left the office just moments before the crash.

No one inside the building was injured.


FORT MEADE, Fla.-- A coffee break proved to be a lucky break for a Florida woman.

She stepped away from her desk moments before a city truck came crashing through a building in Fort Meade, east of Tampa, housing the office of State Representative Melony Bell.

She says the woman, an aide, could have been killed.

The historic building is expected to collapse once the truck is removed.

Investigators suspect the driver had a medical episode.