Rescuers pull driver from burning car on Palmetto Expressway

FHP trooper, Miami-Dade police officers save man before car catches fire

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A driver was pulled from a burning car by rescue crews early Thursday morning on the Palmetto Expressway in southwest Miami-Dade County. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander hit a median in the northbound lanes near Bird Road and rolled over, catching fire.

An FHP trooper and Miami-Dade police officers pulled the man, later identified as Luis Carlos Aloma, out of the car before it burst into flames.

"While people run away from danger, we run towards danger," FHP Lt. Joe Sanchez said.

Aloma was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition.

Witnesses said Aloma's car was speeding and didn't have on its headlights.

"I had a feeling something would happen because I knew that turn, up ahead, if he was flying that fast, there was no way that he was going to make that turn," witness Christopher Traad told Local 10 News.

It was the second fiery crash on the Palmetto Expressway in the same morning.

Another car caught fire near Northwest 122nd Street. Authorities said the car most likely broke down and caught fire, but the driver wasn't hurt.

Aloma was cited for careless driving. Authorities are investigating if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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