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Metrobus remains wedged in building after crash that injured 10

2 people inside Ford Ranger seriously injured; 8 others treated

MIAMI – A Miami-Dade Transit Metrobus remained wedged inside a Little Haiti building Monday morning, one day after it slammed into a clothing store, injuring 10 people.

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said the bus collided with a white Ford Ranger and then struck a pillar outside Omega's Fashion on the corner of Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest 54th Street.

Two people who were inside the Ford Ranger suffered serious injuries and were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, Carroll said. Eight people on the bus were taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries.

Stenley Joseph, who witnessed the crash, told Local 10 News that the Ford Ranger was speeding and ran a red light just before the crash.

"The pickup truck was going too fast. The bus had no time to maneuver," he said. 

The crash caused large cracks to form on the pillar and the building's roof. 

Fire-rescue crews braced the building with wood planks. A structural engineer is expected to assess the building to determine how to safely move the bus, Carroll said.

Omega's Fashion owner Arsene Omega said the store was closed at the time of the crash and no one inside was hurt.

"If you were me and coming here for 40 years every day, and now you can't even go in, what would you think?" a tearful Omega told Local 10 News. "Thank God nobody died but, you know, I'm thinking next week, the week after, what am I going to do?"

Traffic in the area had been diverted since the crash, but police put barricades around the bus Monday afternoon so that the intersection could reopen.


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