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Pinellas deputy cruiser hits press bus in Tim Kaine's motorcade



ST. PETERSBURG — Two deputies were involved in a crash Saturday night that damaged the press bus in Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine's motorcade.

At about 9:15 p.m., the motorcade was driving onto Interstate 375 from Eighth Street North following a Get Out the Vote rally at the State Theater in St. Petersburg. He was escorted by members of the U.S. Secret Service and deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. 

A deputy stopped a car in the median lane to allow the motorcade to pass, according to the sheriff's office. Another deputy also pulled into the median lane, which caused Deputy Alexander Ellis to stop his cruiser.

Deputy Wayne Wagner was driving behind Ellis and did not see him stop. Wagner swerved toward the middle lane to avoid hitting Ellis' cruiser, investigators said.

Wagner's cruiser hit the back passenger side of Ellis' cruiser then crossed through the middle lane into the curb lane, where it hit a bus full of journalists.

No one was injured in the crash, the sheriff's office said. The bus and Ellis' cruiser had minor damage, and the bus was able to continue with the motorcade. Wagner's cruiser was towed to the sheriff's office.

[Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2016 2:22pm]


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