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3 hurt in 5-vehicle crash on Palma Sola Causeway in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- Three people, including two children were injured in a five-vehicle crash that shut down the Palma Sola Causeway for about an hour Sunday morning, according to Bradenton police.

About 10:56 a.m., a vehicle was traveling east in the 8800 block of Manatee Avenue West when it struck the rear of a vehicle stopped on the street. The first vehicle then struck a third vehicle before striking two other vehicles and coming to rest on the southside shoulder of Manatee Avenue West, according to police.

Two juveniles in the first vehicle were flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where they were listed in stable condition. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where they were listed in critical condition.

No other injuries were reported.

Manatee Avenue in both directions was closed for about an hour during the initial investigaton and removal of the vehicles.