A three-car accident closed Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Hercules Avenue in order for Bayflite to land Tuesday morning.
Lidia M. Garcia, 60, was driving a white 1997 Saturn westbound on Gulf to Bay Boulevard when she turned southbound on Hercules Avenue and into the path of a grey 1999 Chevy Lumina that was headed eastbound on Gulf to Bay, according to Clearwater Police.
The Saturn then hit a Nissan pickup truck that was waiting at a red light to head north on Hercules Avenue.
Susan H. Romano, who was driving the Lumina, and David P. Koacher, who was driving the pickup truck, were not injured.
However, Garcia and her passenger Edwardo Garcia Caraballo, 66, both of Clearwater, were taken by Bayflite to local hospitals. Garcia is in serious condition and Carraballo is in critical condition.
An area was secured for the Bayflite medical helicopter to land, Joelle Castelli, public safety spokeswoman, said in a release. Gulf to Bay Boulevard was shut down in both directions for about an hour.All westbound traffic lanes are open. A lane of eastbound traffic is open while the two cars are removed.
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