MIAMI (WSVN) - A 7-year-old remains hospitalized, Tuesday, less a day after he was critically injured in a crash on his way home from school.
Monday night, rescue crews rushed the boy, identified only as Brandon, to Jackson Memorial Hospital after the Volkswagen Beetle he was in and a Ford Explorer collided at the intersection of Northwest 22nd Avenue and 36th Street.
The impact was so strong, Brandon became wedged underneath the dashboard of the Beetle.
In order to free him, crews had to cut the roof off the Beetle by using extrication tools, according to Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
“There was serious intrusion done on that Volkswagen,” explained Carroll. “And as a result, we fear that this child might have sustained the brunt force of this impact.”
7News cameras captured the vehicles in the aftermath of the accident. The front of the SUV ended up in the front passenger side of the silver Beetle.
Paramedics transported the young victim to Ryder Trauma Center at JMH with a Miami Police escort, where he underwent surgery. According to Brandon’s mother, he suffered multiple bone fractures and remains in critical condition.
She told 7News that Brandon was on his way home with his grandfather when the crash happened. They were less than four blocks away from home.
Brandon’s grandfather was also taken to JMH, but he was able to exit the vehicle and walk over to a gurney on his own. He is expected to be OK.
The driver of the SUV remained on scene and appeared to be OK. He was interviewed by police at the scene of the crash and was checked out by paramedics.
At this point, it is unclear if the 7-year-old boy was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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