Miami-Dade County

They stopped to help after a car crash — and then they got hurt, too

A car collision Tuesday morning left at least three people injured, including two strangers who stopped to help.
A car collision Tuesday morning left at least three people injured, including two strangers who stopped to help.

It started with a good deed when two people tried to help after a car crash.

But then a spinning minivan sent one Good Samaritan to the hospital and the other home with injuries, Miami Fire Rescue officials said.

The first accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a gray minivan and a green Ford Expedition collided in the intersection of Northeast 10th Avenue and 79th Street as one car began to turn onto 79th.

The Expedition driver was not hurt but the minivan driver had serious injuries to his face and the driver’s passenger was trapped by a seat belt.

Stopping to help: a man in an SUV with his 2-year-old son, and someone else in a white minivan.

The two strangers were able to cut the seat belt and bring the passenger to the sidewalk. But when they went to help the driver, the minivan began to spin.

“It’s not moving slow,” Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

Both Good Samaritans were knocked from the minivan.

One was propelled into the far right eastbound lane on 79th Street, where he was run over by a four-door compact car and trapped underneath as the driver braked. The other Good Samaritan was dragged across the road by the minivan, injuring both his leg and arm.

Having realized someone was trapped under his compact car, the driver pulled out a jack and with the help of another stranger, began working to lift the car off of the person’s chest, Carroll said.

“This is one of those times a Good Samaritan was helped out by someone who actually ran him over,” Carroll said. “That person was able to keep it together with quick response and quick-thinking, using a tool that is rarely used for something of that nature.”

Miami Fire Rescue’s Technical Rescue Team arrived and took both minivan drivers to Ryder Trauma Center, with one in serious condition. Rescuers evaluated the second Good Samaritan, who did not want to go to the hospital.

Carroll said it wasn’t the first time strangers stepping in to help have been injured in a second accident, but it is rare for the same vehicle to be involved. Those involved in crashes should put their cars in park or turn them off to avoid a second crash, he said.

“Scene safety is number one,” he said. “Be mindful.”

Earlier Tuesday morning, Miami Fire Rescue was called to a crash that injured a pedestrian. A 55-year-old man was crossing the street at Northwest 54th Street and 10th Avenue before 6:30 a.m. when he was struck by a car. He was taken to Ryder Trauma Center with injuries to both legs.