The two people killed in a fiery crash near Miami Springs were high school students, sources told the Miami Herald on Tuesday.
They were 17 and 18 years old, and both attended Miami Senior High. Sources said grief counselors were made available for the school’s students Tuesday to deal with the loss.
The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. Monday in the intersection of Northwest 36th Street and 57th Avenue, just north of Miami International Airport, said Andrea Rudchenco, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
At least two cars were involved. According to a video posted by WPLG Local 10, a car driving east on Northwest 36th Street began turning left onto Northwest 57th Avenue when it was hit by another car that was traveling west on 36th Street. The second car then hit a light pole and caught on fire, just feet from a gas station.
Two people were killed at the scene. Paramedics took a third person to the Ryder Trauma Center in Jackson Memorial Hospital. Their identities were not made public, according to NBC 6.
The east and westbound lanes of Northwest 36th Street between Northwest 57th Avenue and Northwest 72nd Avenue were shut down for hours.