4 hospitalized after U-Haul truck triggers chain-reaction crash

MIAMI (WSVN) - Four people were taken to the hospital after a U-Haul truck slammed into a vehicle in Miami, causing a chain-reaction wreck, officials said.

Miami Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the multi-car collision, along Northwest Seventh Avenue and 79th Street, Monday night.

Officials said the U-Haul truck was heading east on Northwest 79th Street when it rear-ended one car, which then crashed into another and so forth. A total of six vehicles were involved in the collision.

Surveillance video captured the moment the U-Haul truck first struck the smaller vehicle, just after 6:45 p.m. “Some vehicles were thrown onto the sidewalk, striking a parked car,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll. “Other ones collided into one another.”

Tia Lewis, who was watching from across the street, described the domino effect triggered by the initial collision. “She was driving a U-Haul, and the impact went like, ‘boom, boom, boom,'” she said.

Tia Lewis
Tia Lewis

The witness said she saw the woman who was driving the U-Haul. “She approached the intersection, and her head went down and she blacked out, and the vehicle went forward,” said Lewis.

According to a fire rescue spokesperson, four people were transported to the hospital, including the U-Haul driver, with injuries that are not life-threatening. Ten others were checked out at the scene.

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“When fire rescue arrived, we evaluated about 10 patients, and we ended up transporting the driver of the U-Haul to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Carroll.

After the cars were towed and the scene was cleared, witnesses said they  were grateful the crash wasn’t worse. “I thought these people were dead, honestly,” said Lewis. “I thought somebody would have been dead over here.”

There is no word about any charges that might arise from the crash.

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