Crash produces traffic jam at downtown Bradenton intersection

rdymond@bradenton.comNovember 25, 2013 

MANATEE -- If Bradenton Police Department officials weren't exactly sure where the worst places to have a traffic crash in Bradenton are, they had it confirmed at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

That's when the driver of a gold Toyota Camry heading north on Ninth Street West tried to make a left turn onto Third Avenue West by the South Florida Museum and produced a two-vehicle crash right in the middle of that intersection, said Sgt. Brian Thiers of the Bradenton Police Department.

The crash, in which three people suffered minor injuries, wasn't horrible, but it created a traffic jam that backed up traffic for a half hour due to the heavy use of the intersection, Thiers added.

"We had to detour southbound traffic coming over the bridge on Ninth Street West onto Third Avenue West going east and then to First Street," Thiers said. "Any accident right in this area is going to be very bad."

The driver of a green Honda coming south over the bridge into Bradenton from Palmetto struck the gold Camry, Thiers said.

"Traffic was backed up over the bridge into Palmetto," Thiers said of the 30-minute aftermath of the crash.

The three occupants from the two vehicles were taken to local hospitals, Thiers added.

The driver of the gold Camry, whose name has not yet been released, will be cited for failure to yield right of way, Thiers added.

By 11 a.m., traffic was back flowing at the highly used intersection.

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