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Miami, Florida Semi Accident Damages Car and Interstate Overpass

A Miami, Florida semi truck accident on Wednesday caused extensive damage to a car but did not injure its owner, news sources report. The accident occurred when a semi carrying a high load struck an interstate overpass. The collision caused two large boat engines to fall onto the victim’s vehicle. The victim, fortunately, was not injured in the crash. Police are now conducting an investigation to determine whether they will file charges against the semi’s driver. It also remains to be seen whether the victim will file a suit.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 6:30 Wednesday evening on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Traffic on Biscayne Blvd was more inflated that usual that night because of a Taylor Swift concert at the American Airlines Arena, which is located at 601 Biscayne Boulevard. The boulevard itself is a three-lane roadway with either left or right turning lanes available at most intersections.

Reports say the victim was northbound on Biscayne when she came to a stop at a red light. A semi-truck carrying boat engines pulled up next to her; however, its load had allegedly been stacked too high, and it struck the top of an I-395 overpass. Sources say there are no clearance warnings on that particular overpass. It is not clear whether the city could, therefore, be held liable for the accident.

Two large and heavy boat engines fell from the top of the semi onto the victim’s car. The engines smashed the victim’s windshield, hood, and driver’s side door. The engines missed the victim but left her trapped inside her car.

A nearby witness heard the unsettling sounds of the accident. “It sounded like an explosion,” the witness said. “[W]hen we looked back, we saw the car that had been waiting for the light next to the semi was crushed. I just hope the driver is OK.” Another witness nearly a block away from the accident site heard the noise as well. “It sounded like 10 seconds of metal crashing and grinding,” he said. A third witness described the noise as sounding “like an earthquake,” reports indicate.

Fire rescue teams were able to free the victim from her vehicle, sources say. Thankfully, the falling engines did not injure the victim. Police say the collision damaged a beam on the interstate’s overpass as well. Police closed part of Biscayne Boulevard following the crash for several hours in order to conduct cleanup, rescue, and investigation operations.

In other news, two people were injured in a West Palm Beach car accident on Wednesday, sources report. One vehicle reportedly struck a light pole and the other veered into a ditch. Details surrounding the incident were not immediately available following the crash, nor were the victims’ identities. Police are conducting an investigation and have not said whether they will press charges.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 8:15 Wednesday evening in the 2900 block of Military Trail. For reasons that are currently unclear, two vehicles, which may have narrowly missed a collision, were involved in two separate crashes on the street. One of the vehicles collided with a light pole, while the other crashed into a ditch nearby. Paramedics took one victim to Good Samaritan Hospital and the other to St. Mary’s Medical Center. The extent of their injuries was not immediately available following the crash.

Sources: 4.10.13 Miami Semi Cargo Accident.pdf, 4.10.13 West Palm Beach Accident.pdf.

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