Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier and two others were transported to the hospital Saturday, after a charter bus pileup that delayed Tampa’s Gasparilla parade by a half-hour.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, three charter busses carrying parade participants were traveling westbound on the Selmon Expressway about 1:40 p.m.
One bus entered the exit ramp at mile marker No. 5 and began to slow down when the bus behind it failed to stop and collided with it, troopers said. A third bus traveling behind the crash also failed to stop and collided with the second bus.
At least 50 passengers were walking around the crash scene when troopers arrived, the highway patrol said. Tampa police, who arrived earlier, reported that many of those who had been riding in the buses left on foot or were picked by car after the crash to get to the parade.
However, Lecavalier and two other Tampa residents — Brent Robert Bigger and Christopher McKay Carrere, both 41 — were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with “non-incapacitating” injuries, troopers said.
Drivers of the second and third buses, Carol Ann Neubauer, 63, and Dennis Ball, 72, were cited for careless or negligent driving, troopers said.
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