MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Two people were trapped and transported to the hospital after a car crashed into a building on Thursday.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, it all happened at 100 Fontainebleau Boulevard.
“I still can hear the big bang and I was scared,” said neighbor Rosa Iglesias.
The crash happened so suddenly that, at first, neighbors had no idea what was going on.
“I saw the gray thing going like this and then suddenly maybe a few seconds I heard a big bang it sounded like an explosion,” Iglesias added. “The first thing that came to my mind, it was like the building collapsed so I ran across the street and I saw the car in the backyard sideways.”
The car somehow lost control and came crashing toward the building’s patio area.
“We were here together with my mother who’s here and my aunt and my neighbor. We were just sitting here playing bingo and all the sudden, I heard the noise and I looked up and I saw the car flying in,” said Moraima Santos, who saw the car come crashing towards her terrace.
She wasted no time calling for help.
“I got scared and started screaming. I was screaming like crazy and I called 911 right away and we ran outside,” said Santos.
Fire rescue arrived and got both the driver and the passenger out of the car. Both were rushed to the hospital. Firefighters say one patient was a trauma alert.
The car came to a stop just inches from Santos’s window. It also hit the side of the building causing cracks that extended up to the second and third floors.
Firefighters said a structural engineer came out to make sure the balconies on the second and third floor units were safe. Thursday evening, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Collapse Unit worked to stabilize the wall.
Santos was thankful, she and her friends decided to spend the afternoon indoors, and not outside on the terrace.
“Thank God we go out there a lot of times and we’re always out there so thank God today was not one of those days,” said Santos.