All lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway reopened Wednesday afternoon after two crashes, one involving eight vehicles, closed all of the westbound and eastbound lanes for hours.
The lanes were reopened in full at 2:15 p.m., according to the Clearwater Police Department.
The first crash that shut down lanes was an 8-vehicle, chain-reaction crash that “began when a tractor-trailer driver could not brake for stopped traffic in time,” police said in a news release. The crash happened just before 10:30 a.m.
Police said the crash, which was just east of Dr. Kiran Patel Boulevard, resulted in two people being taken to local hospitals. No one had life-threatening injuries, police said. Another 14 people declined medical treatment on the scene, police said.
Then just before noon, police sent out another alert saying a second, unrelated crash near Dr. Kiran Patel Boulevard had resulted in the closure of all eastbound lanes.
Police said three vehicles were involved in that crash and one person was taken to a hospital. Those stuck on the bridge told a Tampa Bay Times photographer they had been stuck in place for three hours.