MIAMI (CBSMiami) — At least two people were injured in crash in Miami Tuesday morning.
It’s unclear how the accident happened but the end result was devastating. The car ended up lodged between a fence and a tree. It wrapped itself around the tree, pinning the driver under the car.
Chopper4 was over the scene as a dark-colored vehicle could be seen overturned near NW17th Avenue and 70th Street.
Police warned drivers to avoid the area as crews worked to rescue the driver who was trapped under the overturned vehicle around 9:30 a.m. Crews were spotted trying to take off the roof and doors among other parts to try to free him.
“We tried to get him out as fast as possible but we tried to get him out as safely as possible — meaning the car has to be stabilized — not too much rocking and moving — we’re taking the car away from the patient instead of snatching him out of the car,” said George Sterr with Miami Fire Rescue.
A surgeon could be seen standing near crews as they worked to free the man. The driver was conscious during the whole thing. It took about an hour to get him out.
A passenger – a woman – had reportedly been pulled from the wreck by Good Samaritans before crews had arrived.
“I pulled the lady out of the car…The other guy, I couldn’t pull out because he was trapped under the car,” said Good Samaritan Wilbert Thomas.
Both victims were eventually taken to a nearby hospital as trauma alerts. Their condition is unknown at this time.
A witness said he didn’t see the accident but heard the people in the Ford SUV screaming for help.
“They were bleeding — they were screaming and hollering inside the car,” said the witness.
Authorities have not released the names of the victims.
At last check, investigators remained at the scene looking for clues that could lead them to the hit and run driver.