Fiery crash in North Miami leaves 1 injured

NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating a crash that split a car in two in North Miami.

It happened at around 5 a.m., Friday, along Northwest 135th Street and 17th Avenue.

According to officials, this was a single vehicle crash. The car split in half after slamming into a tree and then burst into flames.

Witnesses who live nearby said the man was trapped inside one of the halves and rushed to the scene to help pull him out of the burning car.

“We just heard a big boom. We all got out and went, and we saw the car in two pieces,” said Martin Bodden. “We tried getting out the guy. I went back and got the water hose, got my fire extinguisher and give it to police. We stopped the fire from going more, and the guy was able to escape from the car.”

The man, whose identity was not released, was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

Another neighbor, Yolanda, said, “They was trying to get the guy out. They didn’t know if he was still alive, and then all of a sudden, he just got up and started to move. He was on fire, and he got out of the car, and he was screaming. He fell across the fence. He’s still alive. It’s amazing!”

Two tow trucks were necessary to take the separate pieces of the car away.

The family of the victim arrived on scene and talked to police.

The cause of crash is still under investigation but officers said the victim is lucky to be alive.

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