Semi hits overpass on Biscayne Boulevard, cargo falls on car; driver unhurt

 

mherrera@MiamiHerald.com

Two heavy-duty boat engines flew off an 18-wheeler Wednesday evening and crashed on top of a car after the trucker’s too-high cargo failed to clear an underpass on Biscayne Boulevard, Miami police said.

Surprisingly, the unidentified woman who was driving the silver late model Honda Accord, which was partially crushed by the falling engines, walked away from the freak accident without any injuries, said police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes.

She was briefly trapped in her car after the engines crushed her hood, windshield, and driver-side door, missing her by inches.

The woman had been sitting at a traffic light when the semi rolled up next to her, struck the top of the overpass and dropped its cargo on her car.

The accident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. under an I-395 overpass northbound on the boulevard. The area was busy with fans headed to the Taylor Swift concert at AmericanAirlines Arena.

A beam on the overpass was damaged, where the 18-wheeler appeared to have scraped against it.

Witnesses said the sound of the cargo falling off the semi was startling — and feared the driver had been injured.

“It sounded like an explosion and when we looked back, we saw the car that had been waiting for the light next to the semi was crushed,” said Danielle Rosenthal, who was headed to the Swift concert with her sister, Melissa Hirsch. “I just hope the driver is OK.”

Erick Jones, 33, was a block north when he heard the piercing sound.

“It sounded like 10 seconds of metal crashing and grinding,” Jones said.

Michael Mesa, 26, was with Jones when he heard what sounded “like an earthquake.” He turned around in time to see the engines fall off of the truck.

“The thing came completely off the carrier,” Mesa said.

It’s unclear what charges, if any, will be filed against the truck driver, whose name was not released. At that spot on the overpass, there is no clearance warning sign.

The northbound lane of Biscayne Boulevard was shut down for hours, causing traffic to be rerouted. One westbound lane of 395 was also closed.

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