Miami-Dade County

Man and Woman Pulled From Van That Crashed Into Water Off Turnpike in Miami-Dade

Florida Highway Patrol officials said the Toyota van lost control and plunged into the water near an off ramp in the area of Southwest 8th Street

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A man and a woman were pulled from a van that crashed into a waterway off the Florida's Turnpike in Miami-Dade Friday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said the blue Toyota van lost control while trying to exit the Turnpike onto westbound Southwest 8th Street, driving off the roadway and overturning before plunging into the water around 11:30 a.m.

Sweetwater Police Sgt. Yosniel Lorenzo was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene. He jumped into the water and saw several civilians bringing the woman up to the surface.

"So I swam a little bit ahead, myself and a county female officer was there as well, we got to the shore before the good Samaritans and we assisted to bring the female out of the water, on to the shore," Lorenzo said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews and divers arrived and immediately went into the water and were able to get the man out, officials said.

FHP officials said the man and woman were taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Their identities haven't been released.

Footage showed a large amount of fire rescue crews, police and FHP troopers at the scene, and at least one of the victims being placed into the back of an ambulance.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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