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Lanes fully open after two crashes closed all of Courtney Campbell

Two crashes, one involving eight vehicles, created a mess on the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Wednesday.
Jen Eichorn, 38, left, along with her husband Matt, who are visiting from Adrian, Mich. sunbathe along the westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Wednesday in Clearwater. The couple had been stuck in traffic for three hours.
Jen Eichorn, 38, left, along with her husband Matt, who are visiting from Adrian, Mich. sunbathe along the westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Wednesday in Clearwater. The couple had been stuck in traffic for three hours. [ Chris Urso ]
Published Apr. 7
Updated Apr. 7

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.

Drivers wait outside their vehicles along the westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in Clearwater. Two separate accidents wreaked havoc on the Courtney Campbell Causeway shutting down the westbound lanes for several hours.
Drivers wait outside their vehicles along the westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in Clearwater. Two separate accidents wreaked havoc on the Courtney Campbell Causeway shutting down the westbound lanes for several hours. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

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.