A crash involving a Miami-Dade police cruiser sent two people to the hospital and shut down a major intersection early Wednesday.
The fiery crash closed Northeast 135th Street and Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami.
The officer was stopped at a red light at the intersection when a Dodge Charger slammed into the back of a police car and then caught on fire, according to Miami-Dade police spokesman Lee Cowart. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was nearby and was able to help on the scene.
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The police sergeant involved in the crash was not hurt and was able to get out of his car. He then helped rescue crews save the driver of the Dodge, according to police.
The woman inside the Charger and the Miami-Dade police sergeant were taken to Aventura Hospital.
The cop and the trooper pulled the woman out of the burning, mangled car, according to police. Officers haven’t released her name but said she is in her 20s.
Cowart said that the officer had neck and shoulder pain but was not sure of the extent of his injuries or those of the other vehicle’s driver.
“Her injuries appeared to be more severe than his,” Cowart said.
Authorities have not indicated whether the driver lost control of the car or if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The stretch of U.S. 1 at 135th remained closed through the morning rush hour and reopened later Wednesday after being blocked off for nearly six hours.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.