One person died and nine were injured in a three car crash that forced authorities to close the Dolphin Expressway early this morning, according to the Miami Herald.
Not a Good Morning for Commuters
The accident backed up traffic for miles, with only one lane being re-opened nearly two hours after the crash. Apparently it all started at around 6:45 a.m. when the driver of large red passenger van lost control at the 57th Avenue (Red Road) exit ramp, hit the yellow barrel-like crash attenuators and flipped over. Subsequently, two other vehicles hit the van: a silver pick up truck and a red car. Both of these vehicles sustained extensive damage.
Good Samaritans Help Victims
In a show of human solidarity, good samaritans promptly sprang into action: the driver of a garbage truck used his vehicle to block oncoming traffic and help protect victims lying on the road. He then pulled the fire extinguisher from his truck and put out a fire in one of the vehicles. At the same time, two other drivers helped seven victims trapped in the van climb out. A nurse administered CPR to another victim. A total of nine victims had to be taken to the hospital: of three people with life threatening injuries, one was airlifted to Jackson Memorial’s Ryder Trauma Center, while two others were taken by ambulance. Additionally, five other victims were listed in serious conditions and one in stable condition. All were taken to local hospitals.
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