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Pinellas deputy cruiser collides with bus in Tim Kaine's motorcade

Posted at 4:03 PM, Nov 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-06 16:03:37-05

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a crash while assisting Sen. Tim Kaine's motorcade in St. Petersburg Saturday night, officials said.

The crash occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the area of Interstate 375 from 8th Street North.
 
Kaine, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate, and his motorcade was leaving St. Pete after a Get Out the Vote concert performed by Bon Jovi at the State Theatre.

The motorcade was entering Interstate 375 from 8th Street North in the curb lane, when an unrelated vehicle was stopped in the middle lane by a deputy to allow the motorcade to enter the interstate.

As the deputy kept the vehicles stopped, another deputy in the median lane stopped next to him, causing Deputy Alexander Ellis to stop, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
 
Deputy Wagner, who was traveling in the median lane behind Deputy Ellis, did not see Ellis' cruiser stopping and swerved towards the middle lane in an attempt to avoid contact with Ellis' cruiser.
 
The front driver side bumper of Wagner's cruiser collided with the rear passenger side bumper of Ellis' cruiser. Wagner's cruiser then entered the middle lane and curb lane where it struck a bus transporting members of the press.
 
The bus continued on with the motorcade after the crash. No injuries were reported.