ST. PETE BEACH — A head-on collision Saturday evening killed two people on the Pinellas Bayway, sparing a child passenger in the vehicle that swerved into oncoming traffic.
A westbound 2004 Chevy Tahoe crossed over the center line as it entered a curve near the toll area, striking an eastbound 1992 Ford F-250 head-on just east of Granada Street, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The Tahoe driver, Charles Mason, 56, of St. Petersburg, and Clovis Polston, 66, of Seminole, the F-250 driver, died of their injuries in the crash, which occurred at 9:42 p.m.
Six-year-old Clifford Mason, a passenger in Mason's vehicle was uninjured. He was transported to an unnamed hospital as a precaution, the Sheriff's Office said.
Two occupants of a third car, a 2008 Honda Accord also traveling eastbound, were uninjured after the F-250 hit their vehicle as they tried to stop.
The accident closed the Bayway in both directions for a few hours late Saturday, but by Sunday morning it had reopened and traffic was moving normally, a St. Pete Beach police dispatcher said.
Deputies are looking into whether alcohol played a factor in the crash. Members of the Sheriff's Office's Major Accident Investigation Team were continuing to investigate the crash.