8 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash - NBC 6 South Florida

8 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash

The crash happened at Southwest 8th Street and 157th Avenue.



    Eight people, including two children, were injured in a crash on Southwest 8th Street and 157th Avenue. NBC 6's Justin Finch has the story. (Published Monday, March 31, 2014)

    Eight people were injured after three cars were involved in a serious crash Monday evening in Southwest Miami-Dade.

    The crash happened at Southwest 8th Street and 157th Avenue at about 5:30 p.m., officials said.

    The impact was so severe, one of the victims flew out of their car and landed on the ground nearby.

    Aerial footage showed a white Dodge Ram that had rolled onto its side, a gray BMW 3-Series sedan and the remnants of a black Cehvy Impala.

    Two children were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center while one adult was taken to Kendall Regional, according to officials.

    Neighbors nearby said they could hear the collision and one neighbor had one word to describe the state of the victims.

    "Terrible," said neighbor Eciel Largaspada.

    Driver Elizabeth Pena said she panicked when she saw the traffic. She was on her way to pick up her daughters from Lincoln-Marti Daycare when she hit the jam.

    "I'm thinking, 'Are my children okay?'" she said.

    Pena said cars often speed east and west along Southwest 8th Street, leaving drivers to make risky right and left turns from 157th.

    "I truly feel concerned for my children's safety, because that happened right there," she said. "But what about if a car crashes into here, and there's kids at the school? We can't allow this."

    All cars and trucks were re-routed as Florida Highway Patrol troopers surveyed the scene.

    The cause of the crash remains unknown.

    No further details were immediately available. Stay with NBC6.com for updates.