Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Crash on Courtney Campbell injures nine people, including 9-year-old boy

CLEARWATER

4 seriously injured on Courtney Campbell

A crash sent several people to the hospital Tuesday evening, including a 9-year-old boy, and closed the eastbound side of the Courtney Campbell Parkway.

The crash happened about 6:30 p.m. when a 2000 Ford pickup tried to make a U-turn while driving west on the causeway at the intersection of Damascus Road, police said. The truck moved into the path of a 2006 Nissan Altima, which was moving west.

The car hit the front end of the truck before leaving the road and coming to rest on the parkway beach, where its engine burst into flames, authorities said.

Witnesses who saw the crash rushed to the car and pulled out driver Marlene Val-Belcher, 54, officials said. Both the car and truck, which was carrying eight people, sustained heavy damage.

Firefighters treated nine people, including the 9-year-old who was among four hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Antonio Hernandez, the driver of the truck, received citations for failure to yield to oncoming traffic, no valid driver's license and no proof of insurance.

The crash closed all eastbound traffic lanes until about 9 p.m. The westbound side was reduced to a single lane.

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