Police investigate after county truck slams into bus stop
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Several people were injured after a Miami-Dade County utility truck crashed into a bus bench, Wednesday morning.
The accident happened on LeJeune Road and Flagler Street.
According to witnesses, the county truck ran the red light. It then collided with a black Volkswagen and rammed through a bus bench. The Volkswagen was pushed into other cars, which created a chain reaction crash. "This guy never stopped. The Miami-Dade truck, he never stopped," said Carlos Sanchez, who was involved in the accident.
Fire rescue transported five people to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Three victims were taken to the trauma center. Another victim lost his leg. "When Fire Rescue arrived, we found numerous people on the ground," said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll.
Paramedics said at the time of the crash, three people were waiting at the bus stop.
Sanchez was in his white Mercedes Benz and said he heard the collision happen behind him. "When they hit me it was a boom! I didn't hear any brakes or nothing. It was just a boom!" he said.
Family members identified the man who lost his leg as 80-year-old Transito Lopez. They say he is in a coma. "Doctors won't let me see him, he's in very critical condition," said a relative.
Witnesses said the county driver was not paying attention. "Very simple, that truck was on the phone, it was obvious he didn't see the red light. How can you be going 60 miles 300 yards before a red light," said a man who was in one of the cars who was hit.
Police have not cited anyone involved in the crash. The crash is still under investigation.
They identified the county truck driver as Alfredo Menendez. The county has placed Menendez on leave as the investigation continues.
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