Miami-Dade County

Miami motorist escapes from her SUV before freight train hits it in Southwest Dade

Miami-Dade police said a motorist escaped from her SUV just before it was struck by a freight train in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Miami-Dade police said a motorist escaped from her SUV just before it was struck by a freight train in Southwest Miami-Dade. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A Miami motorist narrowly avoided a collision with a freight train on Friday afternoon when she escaped her black SUV before it was struck by a passing locomotive.

Miami-Dade police responded to the crash, which occurred near Southwest 77th Avenue and 39th Street, about 3:38 p.m.

Police spokesman Chris Thomas said the lone occupant of the vehicle managed to “get out in time before the train collided” with her car. Aerial footage recorded by WSVN 7 News Miami shows how the train cracked the vehicle’s windshield and caused other minor damage.

No injuries were reported to police.

Martin Vassolo is a general assignment reporter on the Miami Herald’s metro desk. He was a member of the Herald’s reporting team covering the 2018 midterm elections and Florida’s recount. Previously, he worked as a political reporting intern with the Herald and as editor-in-chief of the University of Florida’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator.


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