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Construction worker killed and another hurt in Metromover crash

A view of the scene at Miami Central Station at Northwest Fifth Street and First Avenue where one construction worker was killed and another seriously injured in a collision between their boom lift and a Metromover car on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
A view of the scene at Miami Central Station at Northwest Fifth Street and First Avenue where one construction worker was killed and another seriously injured in a collision between their boom lift and a Metromover car on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

One construction worker was killed and another seriously injured in a collision between their boom lift and a Metromover car early Wednesday, according to Miami-Dade police.

Oscar Cabrera, 43, died at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Luis Perez, 37, was treated and released.

Metromover’s inner loop remained closed Wednesday morning, with buses running between Government Center and Miami Avenue to handle the normal passenger load. The stricken car remained on the track into the afternoon. Service remained out during the Wednesday afternon rush hour, during which Miami-Dade Transit announced service would return Thursday morning at 5 a.m.

The Omni and Brickell loops of Metromover, the driverless light rail system, were not affected and running as usual.

No passengers were on board the train, which closes to the public at midnight on weeknights. The crash happened during a maintenance run around 1 a.m.

The county says the Suffolk Construction boom, working on Brightline’s Miami Central Station at Northwest Fifth Street and First Avenue, hit the moving Metromover car. The accident tableau featured an unnatural looking bend in the boom lift that put the top portion with the carriage at a downward angle.

In the last 10 years, Suffolk Construction hasn’t had any Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations in Florida.

The workers were ejected in the collision, with one dangling from the side of the boom. He was helped to the ground by co-workers, according to rescuers.

“When we arrived, they were already on the ground,” Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Ignatius Carroll told reporters.

Miami-Dade police, Miami-Dade Transit and OSHA are investigating.

“We are saddened by this tragic incident,” Alice Bravo, director of the county’s Department of Transit and Public Works, said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the investigating authorities. Safety has always been a top priority for Miami-Dade Transit and we will continue to put safety first in all that we do.”

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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