2 traffic incidents involving police officers cause delays on I-95

Two traffic incidents involving police officers caused gridlock on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County on Saturday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue.

A Miami-Dade police officer traveling north in the express lanes of I-95 shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday observed a three-vehicle traffic crash involving a black Mercedes Benz SUV, a blue Chevrolet Cruz and a white Jeep Liberty, police said. The officer had stopped to render aid.

While speaking to the people outside the patrol vehicle, police said, a black Honda Civic traveling north in the express lanes went out of control and swerved right, striking the police vehicle and the Chevrolet.

Detectives said the driver of the Honda had worked a double shift and was on his way home when he lost control of his vehicle, causing the crash.

The occupants of the Mercedes and the Chevrolet were also struck as they stood outside their vehicles, police said. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel took the occupants of the Mercedes and the Chevrolet to Northshore Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the officer was not injured.

Meanwhile, on the southbound lanes of I-95, a city of Miami Police Department motorman collided with a car. The Miami police officer crashed near to Northwest 95th Street.

Miami police identified the motorman as Officer Horace Jones.

“He received road rash and a possible head injury,” Lt. Javi Ortiz said.

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez, Marcine Joseph and Harlan Schmidt contributed to this report.


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Pickup truck strikes pedestrians at Oakland Park bus stop

A pickup truck crashed into two people Friday who were waiting at a bus stop in Oakland Park, authorities said.

An Oakland Park Fire Rescue representative said the driver of the pickup lost control shortly before 2 p.m. and struck a light pole and two people who were at the bus stop in the 1500 block of East Commercial Boulevard.

Authorities said one of the men who was struck was in a wheelchair.

“I just looked out the window. There were numerous people there to help and I saw the guy in the motorized wheelchair on his side. I didn’t see anything else,” witness Jennifer Cassidy said. “So then I learned when the girl from the shop went out and looked — she said there was another guy on the bench and apparently, I guess, one of the guys lost their leg or was going to. I mean, it was pretty bad.”

Both men were taken to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said the injuries were non-life-threatening.

The driver of the pool cleaning service truck appeared to be distraught and was also eventually taken to a hospital.

Authorities said the light pole fell into the street, causing deputies to open only one eastbound lane to traffic on East Commercial Boulevard.

Oglesby said drivers should avoid traveling east on East Commercial Boulevard, between North Dixie Highway and Northeast 15th Avenue.

Oglesby said the driver remained at the scene.

Traffic homicide detectives are investigating the crash.

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Man killed in hit-and-run crash in Miami, police say

A man was struck by a car and killed Thursday night in a hit-and-run crash, Miami police said.

Authorities said officers were called shortly after 7 a.m. Friday to the 6400 block of Northwest 72nd Avenue about a pedestrian lying on the side of the road.

Miami police said the victim, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives believe that the victim was struck late Thursday night by a vehicle that was heading north on 72nd Avenue.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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10 injured in Plantation crash involving Broward County Transit bus

Ten people were injured Thursday morning in a crash involving a Broward County Transit bus, authorities said.

The crash was reported at State Road 7 and Northwest Eighth Street in Plantation.

Plantation Fire Rescue officials said 10 people were taken to local hospitals, including one who was listed as a trauma alert.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Davie Fire Rescue and Plantation Fire Rescue assisted each other at the scene.

All lanes of U.S. 441 are shut down in the area as authorities investigate.

It’s unclear which driver was at fault.


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Small plane lands on I-75 in western Broward County

A small plane made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 75 in western Broward County.

Sky 10 was above the southbound lanes at 5:45 p.m. as the plane was stopped on the side on the highway near mile marker 33.

Traffic was getting by in the left lane and vehicles were able to move back to the right lane immediately after passing the airplane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said two people were aboard the Cessna 152 that landed west of U.S. Highway 27.

The plane belongs to Wayman Aviation, a company that  works with Miami Dade College. 

A spokesman for Wayman told Local 10 News that in an emergency situation instructors will take over and, in this case, made a “great, safe landing.”

It’s unclear what forced the pilot to land on the highway.

No injuries were reported.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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