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2 Hospitalized After Truck Crashes Into Broward Bus Bench

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OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – Two people were sent to the hospital after they were struck by a pickup truck while waiting for the bus.

Cellphone video from a bystander captured the moments after the crash.

“I can’t move my legs,” one of the victims moaned after the impact.

That man’s legs were grotesquely twisted.

A bystander said the other victim is disabled and only had one leg. He was using a wheelchair. The accident left his leg torn apart to the bone.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Natalie Levers runs a tax business in the shopping plaza just feet from the crash scene at East Commercial Boulevard.

She told her employees to call 911 after hearing three separate crashes just before 2 p.m. on Friday.

“It was scary,” she said. “When you hear the crashing sound, you know something happened and somebody’s gonna be hurt and you don’t want to go out there and see anybody hurt.”

She ran to help but realized there was little she could do.

“I was just standing there in shock,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to do something but I knew I couldn’t.”

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the driver of the truck hit the people, sending them backwards over the bench and then proceeded to take out a light pole.

The truck stopped a short distance down the road and the driver remained on scene.

Ken Constantine was working out at a gym nearby.

“When I walked up to him, I think he was in shock, saying that he was taking out a cigarette and we wasn’t paying attention to the road and then ran off the road and hit the people,” Constantine said.

The victims were rushed to the hospital while investigators tried to sort out the circumstances of the crash.

The accident shut down busy East Commercial Boulevard around Dixie Highway for hours, making a mess of traffic in the area.

And at the end of the day it was the image of what these two men suffered that had people praying.

“I was really terrified,” Levers said. “I hope they’re OK.”

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says it’s too early to say whether charges will be filed in this case.

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