Driver hospitalized after large tree branch falls on car in Brickell

MIAMI (WSVN) - A South Florida driver has been hospitalized after a big branch crashed on top of his car in Brickell.

A large part of the tree fell on top of the moving car, injuring the 28-year-old driver, around 1 p.m., Tuesday.

Crews could be seen cleaning up the mess shortly after.

The driver, identified by family as Eric Soto, was driving his Honda in the northbound lanes of South Miami Avenue, but when he reached Southwest 19th Road, the large branch fell on top of his car.

“I guess he was just driving down the road, and this tree fell on his car,” said the victim’s brother, Anthony Soto.

The driver was transported to the hospital, and his brother arrived on the scene just minutes later.

“He called me from the scene. He said, ‘Hey, a tree fell on my car. I’m bleeding from my arm. I’m OK,'” said Anthony. “He seemed out of it, but I guess his adrenaline must have been pumping.”

The victim’s car was towed from the scene with serious damage to its front end and its windshield blown out.

“As you can see, it’s pretty bad,” said Anthony.

He said that his brother may have a broken arm. “You could send some prayers. That would be much appreciated,” said Anthony.

Eric is expected to be OK.

A section of South Miami Avenue was closed as crews cleared the tree out of the way, but it has since reopened.

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