Tractor-trailer crash leaves 1 dead in West Miami-Dade

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A crash involving two tractor-trailers has left one person dead in West Miami-Dade.

Florida Highway Patrol and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units rushed to the scene at Southwest Eighth Street and Krome Avenue, Wednesday evening.

Officials said a tractor-trailer was T-boned by another tractor-trailer as the truck was making a left turn from Krome Avenue onto Southwest Eighth Street.

“That truck went through that white container you see,” FHP Lt. Alex Camacho said at the scene. “That white container was making a left to go west on Eighth Street, and then the truck actually collided the front portion with the container.”

A woman died as a result of the wreck, while a man was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Both were occupants of the large vehicle.

The driver of the tractor-trailer escaped without injury.

Witnesses said the crash sounded like an explosion.

“It was just like a bang sound, and we just came out,” witness Stephen Kibuna said.

Kibuna said he tried to help out but the situation was dangerous.

“We were trying to help him out, but it started smoking on the engine, and everybody just walked away,” he said.

Those familiar with the area said the crash was not a surprise.

“These guys in these semi trucks, they drive down Krome Avenue, bat out of hell,” Homestead resident Alexander Martin said. “Unfortunately, it’s the sad truth.”

“They just need to be a little more careful,” Kibuna added. “You never know what you’re gonna come up against. Just try to give way to whoever you see on the road.”

The crash prompted troopers to shut down the northbound and southbound lanes of Krome Avenue between Southwest 88th Street and Okeechobee Road. However, as of 5 a.m., Thursday, they have been reopened.

Westbound and eastbound lanes of Southwest Eighth Street between 157th Avenue and Krome Avenue were also affected.

“One of the tractor-trailers was hauling fruits and vegetables, so what you see there are boxes of different fruits and vegetables that are scattered on the road,” Camacho said.

The medical examiner was on the scene to remove the woman’s body.

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