Two injured in six-vehicle crash in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A six-vehicle crash in the 4800 block of Cortez Road resulted in non-life threatening injuries for two drivers late Tuesday afternoon.

Four of the crashed vehicles were parked during the accident and no one was inside.

The accident began when an 86-year-old Sarasota man pulled out of the Pinebrook Commons shopping center on the north side of Cortez Road late Tuesday afternoon with the intention of driving his red Safari van west on Cortez Road, said Sgt. Eddie Weldon with the Bradenton Police Department.

He failed to yield right-of-way to a 47-year-old woman driving a Buick four-door sedan westbound on Cortez and the vehicles crashed, Weldon said.

While the Buick’s driver headed her crashed vehicle into a shopping area on the south side of Cortez, the man may have inadvertently hit the gas pedal rather than the brake on his van, Weldon said.

After the crash, the man took out a light post and roared back into Pinebrook Commons where he plowed into a group of parked vehicles, leaving a Toyota Tacoma pickup, a Ford F250 pickup, an Oldsmobile 88 sedan and one other four-door sedan whose make was not identified, with body damage, Weldon said.

His van’s wheels were still spinning after the van couldn’t go any farther, Weldon said.

The man had to be extracted from the van with the Jaws of Life. He was taken to a local hospital for observation, Weldon said.

The woman driving the Buick was taken to Blake Medical Center for what appeared to be non-traumatic injuries, Weldon added.

Charges are pending.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 6686.