Several firefighters hurt in Miami crash involving fire truck, ambulance

2 children, grandmother in ambulance hurt


MIAMI – At least half a dozen firefighters were hurt in a crash involving a fire truck and ambulance Tuesday afternoon in Miami.

A cellphone video captured the chaotic scene of firefighters breaking through the front windshield of one of their fire trucks, flipped on its side with a crew of four inside.

Late Tuesday, the last group of firefighters who were hurt in the crash left Jackson Memorial Hospital.

"It sounded like an explosion," Kyera Greene, who witnessed the crash, told Local 10 News. "It was loud and it was scary. We didn't know where the trucks were going to go."

The crash happened at Northwest 12th Avenue and Northwest 14th Street, a few blocks west of Jackson Memorial Hospital. The fire truck was on its way to a call when it crashed into an ambulance that was also on a call.

Miami Department of Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Pete Gomez said both vehicles had their lights on and sirens sounding.

Sky 10 was above the scene as the fire truck was on its side. The impact was strong enough to tip the 40,000 pound fire truck on its side. The front part of the ambulance was sheered off, and a third car was hit when the fire truck spun out.

Twelve people were taken to the hospital, including seven firefighters who were on board both fire-rescue vehicles. A grandmother and two children who were inside the ambulance were also taken to the hospital, as were two people in the car.

Hours after the crash, a tow truck was able to get the fire truck upright and load the ambulance onto the back of a flatbed truck.

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