One Dead in 3-Vehicle Crash Involving Miami-Dade Bus: Fire Rescue

Officials said a Miami-Dade bus was hit after two cars collided.

One person is dead following a crash involving a Miami-Dade County bus Saturday morning, officials said.

A Mercedes Benz and a Nissan were involved in a crash at Northwest 17th Avenue and 36th Street in Miami just before 7:30 a.m., said Miami Fire spokesperson Iggy Carroll.

When the cars collided, the bus was also hit, he said.

As Fire Rescue arrived, officials said the driver of the Nissan, which did not have any passengers, had been ejected from the car and was dead on the scene.

Wails and moans could be heard from a green Mercedes Benz, where rescuers had to use the jaws of life to free the driver and a passenger. The man and woman inside were taken to Ryder Trauma Center, officials said. They are now in stable condition.

There were 12 passengers and one driver on the bus, but only one female passenger was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Carroll said.

"It's terrible, terrible," witness Prince Nairn said of the wreckage.

The owner of a nearby bakery, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the man who died had just dropped off his wife at the bakery where she works.

"She's well-loved in this neighborhood," the bakery owner said. "Everyone knows her. A customer walked in and described the car accident to her."

That's when she knew her husband had been involved.

While the cause of the crash remains unknown, some witnesses said they thought the cars might have been drag racing. Investigators said they could not confirm that information.

"If it was a drag race, it's unknown," Miami-Dade spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said. "Our traffic homicide is still investigating that part of the accident."

Detectives are also trying to determine if speed was a factor and who had the light. They have not yet released the names of the victims.

"I think a lot of it relies on the surveillance cameras that are in the area along with cameras on the bus," Carroll said. "We're hoping to have some answers and some closure to the family who lost a loved one today."

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