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Three vehicles crash near Manatee school bus stop; all are safe

MANATEE -- Three vehicles crashed this morning near a school bus stop at the intersection of Morgan Johnson Road and 18th Avenue East.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred at 7:45 a.m.

A Ford Expedition SUV driven by a 36-year-old Bradenton man struck the back of a Saturn, which was stopped and preparing to turn, pushing the Saturn into the path on a Buick SUV, said Cpl. David McInturff of the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Saturn and Ford Expedition were both traveling south on Morgan Johnson Road, also known as 57th Street East, when the Saturn stopped in order to turn eastbound onto 18th Avenue East, McInturff said.

"The Ford failed to safely stop behind the Saturn and the left front of the Ford struck the right rear of the Saturn, pushing it into the northbound lane of Morgan Johnson Road, into the path of the Buick," McInturff added.

Two occupants from the Buick, which was driven by a 60-year-old Bradenton woman, were transported to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center with minor injuries.

"They have already been treated and released," McInturff said at 12:30 p.m. today.

The driver of the Saturn was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital and was treated and released, McInturff said.

The driver of Expedition had no injuries.

Although charges have not yet been filed, a charge of "careless driving" is pending against the driver of the Expedition, McInturff said.

"Now that I have left both hospitals and have talked to the Expedition driver I have sorted out the full story," McInturff said. "His story was a little convoluted. I said to him, 'I believe you hit the back end of the Saturn.' He said, 'Yeah, I guess I did.'"