CLEARWATER — Authorities are investigating a multiple-car crash that left two people dead, one person in critical condition and several others injured.
Crews were called to U.S. 19 just south of Nursery Road at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday for an accident involving eight vehicles, said Elizabeth Watts, the city's public safety spokeswoman.
The driver who caused the accident fled the scene on foot, Watts said. Police were working to identify that person Saturday night, she said.
One person died at the scene and another died at a hospital. Both had been occupants of the same vehicle.
Seven other people also went to the hospital, one in critical condition and the rest with injuries that are not considered life threatening. Another nine people were treated at the scene and did not need to be transported.
Southbound lanes of U.S. 19 at Nursery were closed for hours as authorities investigated. The roadway was expected to reopen by about 11:30 p.m.
No other information about the victims or the crash was released.