Parade delayed after former Lightning star, others hurt in bus crash

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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Vincent Lecavalier speaks during the ceremony to retire his #4 by the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Amalie Arena on February 10, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Former Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier and two others were hurt after three charter buses were involved in a crash ahead of the Gasparilla parade Saturday, delaying the event by about 30 minutes.

The crash happened on the Selmon Expressway at mile marker 5 at about 1:40 p.m., right before start of the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a bus carrying paradegoers slowed down to exit the expressway, but the bus behind it did not stop in time and rear-ended the first bus, then a bus behind that bus hit the second bus from behind.

Three passengers, including Lecavalier, 38, were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries. Three others suffered possible injuries.

Two of the drivers, Dennis Ball, 72, and Carol Ann Newbauer, 63, were cited for careless driving.

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