CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Two children are hospitalized after a multiple-vehicle crash.
Clearwater Fire and Rescue and Clearwater Police say the crash closed down all westbound lanes on the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Sunday, just before 7 PM. All lanes on the westbound side are closed near Damascus, heading towards Clearwater.
There have been serious injuries reported, according to authorities. Three females were sent to Tampa General Hospital, including a 2-year-old and 18-month-old. The 18-year-old remains in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. Two other patients were transported to Mease Countryside Hospital, one man and two women.
Police say the cause of the crash was distracted driving. The driver told authorities she briefly took her eyes off the road after dropping a bottle of Gatorade and when she looked back up, it was too late to stop.
The crash is still under investigation.
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