Frantic Effort Frees Driver Trapped In Hialeah Crash

HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – One person died Monday evening when a van and a car collided on Okeechobee Road.

The driver of the car turned left and collided with the van that was driven by Amaury Figueroa, 40.

Firefighters and paramedics struggled to separate Figueroa from his van after the cab of the van was crushed in the accident. After almost an hour, rescuers managed to pull him to safety.

The accident happened near West 2nd Avenue and Okeechobee Road in Hialeah.

More than a dozen firefights and paramedics from Hialeah Fire Rescue could be seen trying to cut away parts of the van so the unidentified man could be released from its metallic grip.

The side of the van identified the owner as Eddy’s Painting and Contracting.

Parts of Okeechobee Road were closed as rescuers worked, creating a major back-up at rush hour.

The driver’s name was not immediately available, and it’s not yet known how badly he was hurt.

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