Miami police investigating fire truck, ambulance crash

12 people injured in crash Tuesday

MIAMI – A group of firefighters and several others are recovering after an ambulance collided with a 50,000-pound fire truck Tuesday near Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

"In 30 years on the job, this is the first time I've seen an accident at the same time of two apparatus," Miami Department of Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Pete Gomez said.

Sky 10 was above the scene at Northwest 12th Avenue and 14th Street as the fire truck was on its side. The front part of the ambulance was sheared off and a third car was hit when the fire truck spun out.

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

"One unit was responding to a fire. Another unit was transporting a patient to the hospital, and we had an unhappy meeting," Gomez said.

Gomez said both vehicles had their lights and sirens on.

"Right after that moment of impact, the driver of this emergency vehicle jumped into action (and) rushed out of this truck, where he immediately started helping his fellow firefighters," Gomez said.

Firefighters used axes to smash the front windshield of the vehicles to get the victims 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.

The firefighters and the family, who was riding in the back of the ambulance, were discharged from the hospital late Tuesday night.

"I was shocked that there wasn't more serious injuries and that no one died at this scene," Gomez said.

The Miami Police Department is investigating the crash and is expected to provide an update by the end of the week.

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