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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Hit-and-Run Sends Six People to the Hospital

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida hit-and-run accident sent six people to this hospital on Sunday, news sources report. The accident occurred at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Paramedics took six people involved in the accident to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. So far, it is unclear whether they have any leads as to the identity of the hit-and-run driver.

According to reports, the accident occurred on the southbound return loop at the airport. The airport and its surrounding roadways are host to large amounts of traffic, thanks to the vast numbers of passengers that travel through the airport on a daily basis. The dense traffic makes the area a high-risk accident zone.

Broward County Fire Rescue said the incident occurred around 5:00 Sunday morning. An unidentified vehicle allegedly struck a van in in the area, leaving the van lying on its side in the street. The other driver fled the scene. So far, it is unclear what type of van was involved in the accident; however, judging by the number of victims, the van may have been shuttling a group or family to or from the airport.

Paramedics and fire rescue teams arrived on the scene and took six people to a nearby hospital. Luckily, the victims only sustained minor injuries. Police are currently investigating the accident and have not announced whether they have any leads as to the identity of the hit-and-run driver.

Unfortunately, accidents near airports are not unusual. A few months prior to this accident, two people were killed and 31 others were injured in a bus accident at the Miami International Airport. The accident occurred when a bus, measuring 11 feet in height, attempted to enter an 8-foot tall overpass. The top portion of the bus struck the overpass, causing a violent crash. Serfin Castillo, 86, and Francisco Urana, 56, died as a result of the crash and 31 other victims were taken to a nearby hospital; the surviving victims sustained minor to critical injuries. Ramon Ferreiro, 47, was identified as the driver of the bus. He did not sustain injury in the crash.

According to reports, the 11-foot high bus was owned and operated by the Miami Bus Service Corporation and was being driven by Ferreiro. The day of the accident, the bus was carrying a large group of Jehovah’s Witnesses near the airport, sources indicate. As Ferreiro attempted to enter the area, he reportedly made a wrong turn that led him to the eight-foot tall underpass. Ferreiro tried to drive under the overpass, despite as large sign that clearly read “High Top Vehicles Stop, Turn Left,” reports say. “The last thing he should have done is to keep going,” an airport spokesperson said. “That goes against all logic.”

The collision injured 32 of the bus’s occupants and killed Castillo. Because Ferreiro’s seat was lower to the ground, he escaped the accident uninjured. Paramedics arrived at the crash site and took 32 victims to a nearby hospital with a variety of injuries ranging from minor to critical. Urana died while at the hospital.

Sources: 3.3.13 Fort Lauderdale Airport Collison.pdf

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