Twelve people were injured, including seven firefighters, Tuesday afternoon in a violent crash involving two Miami Fire-Rescue Department vehicles.
The force of the crash was so strong that the fire truck spun 360 degrees, hit a curb and flipped on its side, said Miami Assistant Fire Chief Pete Gomez The rescue truck’s front was sheared off.
“When you have a 40,000-pound truck flip on its side, and no one is seriously hurt, I’d say that’s a pretty lucky day,” Gomez said.
Four fighters were on the fire engine, three firefighters were in the rescue truck along with a grandmother and two children. Two other people in a car also were injured.
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All of the injured were in stable condition.
The crash happened at Northwest 14th Street and 12th Avenue, near the Jackson Memorial Hospital complex, as both vehicles, Rescue #25 and Firetruck #5 were rushing to a call.
The paramedic truck was transporting the two children and their grandmother to the University of Miami Hospital. They were heading west on Northwest 14th Street to the hospital.
The fire truck was headed north on Northwest 12th Avenue en route to a fire call. When the truck spun, it hit an orange Pontiac with at least two people inside, smashing the hood.
Miami police are investigating the cause of the crash and who was driving.