Friday, November 24, 2017
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Three-car crash in Clearwater injures three people

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CLEARWATER — A three-car crash sent three people to the hospital Saturday, one with life threatening injuries, and blocked the intersection of Belcher Road and Gulf to Bay Boulevard for several hours.

According to Clearwater police, the crash happened about 5:30 p.m. when a 2009 two-door Chevrolet heading west on Gulf to Bay Boulevard pulled into the intersection of Belcher Road to make a left turn, authorities said. As the light turned yellow, police said, the car pulled into the path of a 2003 Dodge that was driving east.

The cars collided. The Dodge spun south and hit a third car, a 1977 four-door Lincoln, which was stopped in the northbound lanes of Belcher Road.

Ralph E. Whitehead, 63, of Clearwater, who was driving the Chevrolet, was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, authorities said. His passenger, Rebecca Mowen, 51, also of Clearwater, was also taken to Tampa General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Alisha Slininger, 20, of Pinellas Park, who was driving the Dodge, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said. No one in the Lincoln was injured.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, police said.

Authorities closed the eastbound lanes of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and both northbound and southbound lanes of Belcher Road after the crash. The roads reopened about 8:35 p.m.

The crash remained under investigation Saturday night.

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