NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating an overnight crash in North Miami Beach that caused a Lamborghini to split in half and catch on fire.
It all happened along the westbound lanes of Northeast 167th Street and Third Court, just before 2 a.m., Friday.
As a result, all westbound lanes on 167th Street were shut down between Northeast Fifth Avenue and Miami Avenue. The scene has since cleared and the roads have reopened.
According to North Miami Beach Police, there were two individuals inside the car who suffered minor injuries. They were both transported to a nearby hospital and are expected to be OK.
Pedro Huamchumo, who works at a gas station across the street, shot cellphone video of the aftermath; flames could be seen billowing into the air. “He crashed from the tree and the car was in two pieces,” he said, “very scary.”
The back end of the car was left in the middle of the road, while the front end was flung into the parking lot of a nearby plaza. Two tow trucks were needed to haul the sports car away.
A Chrysler sedan that was parked in the lot near the scene of the crash also suffered burn damage. The flames also consumed shrubbery around a nearby palm tree that snapped and toppled into the middle of the street as a result of the impact.
Another eyewitness captured the moment an officer helped take a man out of the car before flames trapped him inside.
However, the man was seen attempting to leave the scene before police stopped him.
Huamchumo said he couldn’t believe what he saw. “Was like a ‘boom’,” he said. “When I looked at my side, I saw the car on fire and in two pieces. I saw the guy get out from the car with fire in all this arm and the legs, and he turned on the floor, and he was screaming. The people call the police and the gas station.”
An investigation into what led to the frightening crash is now underway.
Police haven’t released the names or conditions of the men who were taken to the hospital for treatment.
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