One person was killed and two others were seriously injured Sunday after the driver of an SUV lost control, T-boned another SUV heading in the opposite direction, spun into a light pole and then landed inches from a Miami-Dade Transit bus.
“It was a very violent crash,” Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said. “Debris went everywhere.”
The crash happened just before 11 a.m. on Northwest 22nd Avenue and 33rd Street in Allapattah.
According to Carroll, the driver of a black Chevrolet TrailBlazer heading south on Northwest 22nd Avenue between 34th and 35th streets lost control. The SUV “hydroplaned” into the northbound lanes and slammed into a Chevrolet Suburban carrying a family of five including three children, Carroll said.
The TrailBlazer then spun and hit a light pole. At some point during the two crashes, the two men in the TrailBlazer were ejected, Carroll said.
The passenger died on the street and the driver was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat.
The mother of the family in the Suburban was also taken to Ryder Trauma in serious condition. Fallat said she was released Sunday afternoon.
Carroll said the crash sent debris flying into nearby parking lots and onto the main thoroughfare, which was closed for hours during the investigation.
“There was a tire in the convenience store parking lot, a bumper on the side of the bus and tools from the TrailBlazer in the parking lot of a nearby apartment building,” he said.
The driver of the No. 22 bus witnessed the crash and investigators were hoping the bus dash camera captured it.
Carroll said there were five to eight passengers on the bus — which takes passengers from Coconut Grove to the Mall at 163rd Street near North Miami Beach. No one aboard was injured, he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit at 305-603-6525 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (4877).