Naples family injured in Miami dump truck crash
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Naples family is recovering in the hospital after a dump truck rolled over their vehicle, officials said.
Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol units responded to the scene on Krome Avenue near Southwest 100th Street, Monday evening.
The victims, which include a 5-year-old child, were transported to Jackson Memorial's Ryder Trauma Center.
The victims are Naples residents who were in Miami for the holidays. They were on their way to a family member's house when the accident occurred.
According to troopers, the dump truck was traveling northbound on Krome Avenue, just after 6 p.m., when a vehicle in front of the dump truck stopped suddenly, causing the driver of the dump truck to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting one of the cars in front of him.
As he swerved out of the way, he struck the compact vehicle carrying the victims. Both the dump truck and the family vehicle rolled over on impact.
According to investigators, the dump truck had several tons worth of debris inside, but none of it landed on the car.
The two children are believed to have been sitting in the back seat. Troopers believe greater damage was avoided because all of the air bags deployed.
According to troopers, the 5-year-old girl is the only one with a fracture. She suffered a broken hand.
Authorities temporarily shut down Krome Avenue in both directions.
The owner of the dump truck was notified about the accident and gave his sympathies to the family. "I'm really sorry for what happened, especially, like you said, right before Christmas," Ross Hernandez said. "I heard it was a whole family in there. A mom, a dad and two kids. I'm sorry; I have kids of my own, and I know what it's like."
The driver had recently started driving for the company. "He's pretty fresh, two months," Hernandez said.
The driver of the dump truck is expected to be cited for at least swerving into oncoming traffic.
The condition of the family is still unknown, but according to the father's brother-in-law, all four victims are expected to be OK. "The family is good," Felix Llanes said. "Everything OK."
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