Chaotic crash shuts down South Beach traffic during busy Art Basel week

Police close Collins Avenue after crash that left 1 injured

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Police blocked off an area of Collins Avenue after a multi-vehicle crash left one person injured Thursday night in South Beach.

Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said police were investigating a crash involving three cars and a scooter on Collins Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets.

Witnesses told police a driver struck two cars and the scooter. After the impact, witnesses said, the person who was riding the scooter was trapped underneath one of the cars. 

Miami Beach Fire-Rescue personnel took the injured person to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. The drivers involved were cooperating with authorities during the investigation. 

It's a busy week in the area. About 80,000 people attend Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual event held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Scope, a satellite art fair, is held nearby on Ocean Drive. 

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