7 vehicles involved in crash outside charter school in Tamarac

Multiple people hospitalized

Multiple vehicles were involved in a wreck outside a school in Tamarac, leaving numerous people injured.

TAMARAC, Fla. – Multiple people were injured Thursday morning in a crash that occurred outside a school in Tamarac, authorities confirmed.

The crash was reported outside Renaissance Charter School in the area of University Drive and Southgate Boulevard.

Witnesses told Local 10 News that a reckless driver caused the seven-car pileup, causing cars to spin and hit one another before the original driver’s car finally came to a rest after slamming into a street light.

Tamarac Fire Rescue officials said four people were taken as trauma alerts to two hospitals. Two other people, including a child, sustained minor injuries and were also hospitalized.

“He hit one car that was coming that was dropping off the kids, then he hit another lady behind me and she started spinning, and that’s when she hit me. It was really bad,” Faymee Suarez said.

Suarez said she’s thankful her children had already gotten out of her car to go to school moments before she was hit by another car in the pileup.

“I just dropped them up two minutes ago, and the next thing I hear, they hit my car,” she said.

Other witnesses told Local 10 News that after seeing the erratic driving that caused the chain reaction of crashes, they believe the driver was either under the influence of something or having a medical emergency.

The southbound lanes of University Drive were shut down from Southgate Boulevard to 78th Street as the damaged vehicles were towed away.

North Lauderdale Fire Rescue, Coral Springs Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue all responded to the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.

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