Four people died on the Gratigny Expressway, located in Miami-Dade, Florida on March 18, according to reports. The names of the deceased have not yet been discovered; investigators are working to try to identify the victims, whose remains are in such poor condition that conventional identification methods are not possible. No charges have yet been filed in regards to the car accident.
According to a spokesperson from the Florida Highway Patrol, the car accident occurred in the westbound lanes of Gratigny Expressway near Northwest 57th Avenue at approximately 5:00 in the morning. A car and an SUV collided head-on; investigators believe that one of the drivers had entered an exit ramp and was going the wrong way on the expressway. It is not yet clear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the cash.
Both vehicles burst into flames on impact. One vehicle contained three people, while the other housed just the driver. All of those involved were trapped in the vehicles when the fires started. It is not clear whether the occupants of the vehicles were killed by the initial crash or the subsequent flames.
In yet another crash involving fire that occurred in the area this week, Gilda Ramos crashed into a gas pump on Tuesday, causing an immediate gas fire. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, and as of now no one has been charged in connection to the car accident.
According to news reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday at a Chevron station located at the intersection of 71st Street and Abbott Avenue in Miami Beach, FL. Ramos was apparently pulling into the gas station in her Jeep when she cut off a yellow Hummer that had been waiting for the pump. The hummer reportedly honked at Ramos, who accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the break and crashed head-on into the gas pump, which burst into flames.
Ramos later told the press that she hadn’t seen the Hummer waiting for the pump and had been startled when the driver honked at her. “He started honking at me and I got nervous. Instead of hitting the brakes, I hit the accelerator. That is when the accident occurred,” Ramos told the press following the accident. “In my mind I thought, ‘I can’t die this way.'”
A gas station attendant immediately pushed the stop pump button, ensuring that the flames would not continue to be fed, while Ramos’ sister, who was a passenger in the Jeep, jumped out the passenger side of the vehicle and went around to the other side of the Jeep to help Ramos, who was unable to exit immediately. “I tried to get out of the car but the door wouldn’t open. I kicked the door and I was able to get out of the car,” Ramos explained.
It is not known how much damage the car crash did to the pump, or whether Ramos and her sister required a hospital visit after the car accident. The Chevron has not released a comment at this time. It is unclear whether they intend to pursue damages against Ramos.