Two adults and two children were taken by air rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition after their Nissan Altima was struck by a dump truck in southwest Miami-Dade, authorities said.
The four victims were as identified as the Marcos family from Naples by Felix Llanes. He told NBC 6 that his brother-in-law, Miguel Angel Marcos, his wife, and their 10-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter were injured in the crash, and that they were driving to Miami to visit loved ones for Christmas.
The Florida Highway Patrol said all four were pulled from the sedan and airlifted to Ryder in two separate helicopters. The specifics of their injuries were not immediately released, but Llanes said at least one of his loved ones suffered a broken arm.
Officials at the wreck site near Krome Avenue and Southwest 104th Street said they believed the dump truck was traveling north on Krome when the driver slammed his brakes to avoid a hitting another car.
In overcorrecting, the driver swerved into the southbound lane and hit the Nissan. The impact caused front-end damage to both vehicles, and led the truck to tumble over and spill fill dirt onto the car.
Inside the Nissan, several airbags appeared to have deployed, which Ross Hernandez credited with saving the victims.
A driver from his company, Timex Square Trucking, was behind the wheel. The driver, whom he described as being in his 50s, was not listed among the victims transported to Jackson.
Hernandez said he felt remorseful about the wreck.
“I’m really sorry for what happened. It’s like you said, especially right before Christmas,” Hernandez said. “And I heard it was a whole family in there, Mom and Dad and two kids. I’m sorry, I have kids of my own, and I know what it’s like.”
The southbound lanes of Krome Avenue were closed from Southwest 88th Street to 185th Street after the crash. They were re-opened later Monday night.