Boy, 7, extricated from Volkswagen Beetle after crash
Branden Maitland taken to hospital in critical condition
MIAMI – A 7-year-old boy was extracted from a car Monday night after it collided with an SUV in Miami.
The crash took place near Northwest 22nd Avenue and Northwest 36th Street.
Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said a boy was trapped under the dashboard of a Volkswagen Beetle after it collided with a Ford Explorer at the intersection.
"That SUV did some very significant damage to that Volkswagen," Carroll said.
Rescuers had to use extrication tools to free the boy, who has been identified by family as Branden Maitland. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.
The boy's mother told Local 10 News that he has fractures to his left leg, pelvis and hip bones. She said he underwent surgery Tuesday morning.
Two men in the Volkswagen, including the boy's grandfather who was driving the car, were also taken to the hospital.
Branden's mother said his grandfather was being treated for high blood pressure. She said she doesn't know who caused the crash, but said her son was just blocks from home when the crash happened.
A resident in the area said he heard a loud boom, but never heard a screech from tires braking.
Carroll said it's unclear if the boy was sitting in the back seat and propelled to the front as a result of the impact, or if he was in the front seat.
Whether the child was wearing any restraints is also under investigation.
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