Semi-truck crashes into house, 4 injured
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A semi-truck slammed against a South Florida home and then flipped over, spilling gallons of diesel fuel and sending two people to the hospital, Friday.
Fire rescue crews arrived on the scene at around 7:30 p.m. and the mess has since been cleaned up. The home was boarded up and deemed uninhabitable.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they still do not know why the driver of the semi-truck lost control.
"It didn't even look real," said witness Tammie Anderson. She was driving down Ives Dairy Road Friday evening and watched as the Coca-Cola truck barreled into the home. "He just hit the house and flipped over," she said.
The crash took place near Ives Dairy Road and Northeast 16th Avenue. Nearby resident George Banker, who lives across the street from the house that was hit by the truck, shot a cell phone video showing first responders spraying foam over the scene moments after the impact. "It's like, smoke and steam and this liquid was coming out," he said.
Banker said he saw the three women who live in the white, single-story home rush out looking startled. The cell phone video he shot also captures the driver of the semi-truck crawling out of the vehicle and walking away. "He was bleeding, but he was more crouched down on the floor," Banker said. "He had some cuts and bruises, but nothing major."
A red Mercedes-Benz with extensive damage to the front is also part of the scene. FHP troopers said they are still not sure how the sedan was damaged or how the semi-truck lost control. "Right now the troopers are working to determine how, obviously for the scene and for the road, we're going to determine how the tractor trailer ended up on the side of the house," said FHP Sgt. Alvaro Feola.
Troopers said four people were injured in this crash, two of whom medics rushed to the hospital. It is unknown whether the two people who were hospitalized are residents of the house that was hit or whether one of them was the driver of the red Mercedes.
Crews have since hoisted the semi-truck upright.
Witnesses said that the damage to the home was extremely extensive.
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