School bus aide rescued after collision with garbage truck

No children on bus at time of collision on Northwest 12th Avenue

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Saira Anwer - Reporter

MIAMI - A school bus aide was seriously injured when the bus collided with a garbage truck Thursday morning in Miami.

Miami police said there were no children in the bus at the time of the collision on Northwest 12th Avenue and 67th Street. 

"Based on what we have, we can tell that the bus was coming northbound and that the dump truck was backing up onto 12th Avenue," Officer Michael Vega said.

Officer Kiara Delva, a spokeswoman for the Miami Police Department, later confirmed that the garbage truck was reversing out of Holmes Elementary School when the school bus struck the right rear side of the garbage truck.

Firefighters had to cut open the side of the bus to free the pinned aide.

"This was not a very easy extrication because we had three different extrications taking place -- one trying to free his leg, another trying to raise the roof from above him, as well as creating another opening so that we would be able to remove him from the bus safely," Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

The school bus driver was taken to North Shore Medical Center in stable condition, while the aide was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in critical but stable condition.

The driver of the garbage truck wasn't hurt.

Northwest 12th Avenue was closed between Northwest 62nd and 71st streets while firefighters worked to rescue the aide.

The crash remains under investigation.

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