Driver lucky to be alive after fiery wreck in Southwest Miami-Dade

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A driver is counting his blessings after he was saved from a fiery wreck on the Palmetto Expressway.

The wreck happened around 1 a.m., Thursday. According to Florida Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Luis Carlos Aloma lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the barrier wall, causing the car to roll over and become engulfed in flames.

Miami-Dade officers and FHP troopers rushed to the scene along the northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway near the Bird Road exit. Body cameras captured the dramatic rescue.

“This gentleman is going to be able to celebrate this Christmas with their family, thanks to these officers who, instead of running away from danger, ran towards danger, did everything to get him out of the car,” said Joe Sanchez of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Crews were able to get the driver out before the vehicle was completely engulfed. He was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center where he is now in intensive care, in serious condition.

Officers said Aloma was driving fast with no headlights when the accident took place. “Whether he is at fault or not at fault, the officer’s responsibility is to save lives, and that’s exactly what they did,” Sanchez said. “I know that at times, police officers are criticized, but let me tell you, I can guarantee you that 98 percent of our officers are dedicated police officers who go out there to make a difference. They put their lives in danger to save others. Today is a perfect example.”

Aloma was cited for careless driving and no proof of insurance.

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