CLEARWATER — One man was seriously injured, and several other people sustained minor injuries in an accident Tuesday morning that scattered wreckage across the north and south lanes of U.S. 19 N near Curlew Road, temporarily shutting down the road in both directions.
The accident, which was called in just before 10:30 a.m., left two crashed vehicles in the southbound lanes and an overturned vehicle in the northbound lanes.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 76-year-old Joseph Tomossone was northbound on U.S. 19 when he made a U-turn just south of Curlew and hit a 1996 Toyota driven by Essam Ebaid, 47, of Clearwater.
The impact sent Tomossone's 2010 Lexus across the median and back into the northbound lanes, where it collided with a 2007 Dodge van driven by 43-year-old Roger Netherton, of Pinellas Park. Netherton's van flipped, but he was not seriously injured.
Tomossone was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with serious injuries, according to the FHP.
Ebaid and his three passengers — Mona Greges, 45, Yostina Ebaid, 13, and Maria Ebaid, 9, all of Clearwater — were taken to Mease Countryside with minor injuries.
The accident snarled traffic in both directions for about two hours.