Palmetto Police: 3 cars involved in crash at DeSoto Bridge

acastillo@bradenton.comMay 30, 2014 

EMS workers work on a vehicle involved in a crash with two others Friday evening on the DeSoto Bridge. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

PALMETTO -- No injuries were reported in a crash involving three vehicles on the DeSoto Bridge on Friday evening.

Officers with the Palmetto Police Department were called to respond to the accident, which was reported at 5:42 p.m.

Corporal Michael Kelly of the Palmetto Police Department confirmed the accident took place about 300 feet from the bridge's center span.

"There was a Hyundai and a pick-up truck, and the driver of the Hyundai saw a white Toyota coming up behind her quickly," said Kelly over the phone Friday evening.

The driver of the Hyundai attempted to pull into the left lane and, according to Kelly, her car was then clipped by the white Toyota.

"It clipped her car and slammed into the back of the blue Ford pick-up truck," he said.

Officers with the Palmetto Police Department were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. and arrived at the scene three minutes later.

Kelly said there didn't appear to be any severe injuries from the crash, but that the driver of the white Toyota complained of neck pain. The driver of the white Toyota was the sole occupant of the car. Kelly said drugs or alcohol didn't seem to be a factor in the accident.

"The driver of the Toyota said his brakes failed and when an officer looked into the car, he saw that the brake was all the way down," Kelly said, adding that the driver will be cited for unsafe or improper equipment.

The names of those involved have not been released yet.

Kelly confirmed the occupants of the blue truck included a student on her way to the Lakewood Ranch High School graduation ceremony in Palmetto.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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