Deadly charter bus crash at Miami Airport
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A religious trip ended in a fatal crash when a charter bus took the wrong turn and slammed into an overpass.
The charter bus was carrying 33 people when it was on it's way to West Palm Beach for a Jehovah's Witness convention on Saturday. The driver got lost and crashed into the arrivals overpass at the Miami International Airport.
Officials identified the driver as 49-year-old Javier Romero. Romero told police he did not see the low height sign on the overpass.
Ten people are still at Jackson Memorial hospital. Eight people are in stable condition and two are in critical condition. One of those people include Gloria Coral who remains at JMH in the intensive care unit with a head injury. She is expected to survive.
One of the survivors, 72-year-old Luis Jimenez, managed to get out with only a busted lip, but he describes chaos when people realized they were trapped in the mangled metal and shattered glass of the bus, bloodied and injured. "People yelling and screaming. Everybody was panicking." He said, speaking through a translator.
Firefighters cut the side of the bus to free him and other passengers, including a mix of men, women, children and elderly people.
Eighty-six-year-old Cerrafin Castillos and 56-year-old Francisco Urana were among the passengers that did not survive.
Jimenez said he feels closer to God and this has not ruined his faith. "You never know when you're going to get hurt or when you're going to die. The accident could have happened to anybody. I'm lucky I survived," he said.
Members of the church from several congregations are rallying at the hospital and showing support to their brothers. "Even though we don't know them, we have the courtesy to go and visit them and see if they are OK," said one member of the church.
Officials have interviewed the driver, and at this time he is not facing any charges.
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