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Scooter operator OK after crash involving three cars

It looked worse that it really was.

That statement is usually delivered with relief from anyone who is involved in a horrific car crash, only to walk away unscathed while passers-by certainly expect the worst.

A driver of a scooter Wednesday morning was involved in a Clearwater crash that caused visual backups, snarled rush-hour traffic — but somehow did not involve any injuries.

Craig Bailey, of Clearwater, was driving the scooter south on U.S. 19, just south of the overpass at Gulf to Bay Boulevard, about 7 a.m., when two cars in front of him stopped for traffic, police spokesman Rob Shaw said.

In a chain reaction, Bailey attempted to stop but hit the car in front of him, Shaw said. That caused a third car to strike Bailey from behind.

Bailey was thrown from the scooter, but somehow the scooter came to rest upright, precariously on the trunk of the second car.

Bailey was reportedly not hurt and did not require a hospital trip, nor was anyone else involved in the wreck.

But it no doubt made for quite a sight for commuters who got caught up in the traffic.

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