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HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) — A deadly, early morning car crash in Southwest Miami-Dade has claimed the life of a Homestead Senior High School student.
A second high school student was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center after Miami-Dade Police say they were ejected from their car when it was split in half.
Three other people were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital South.
Stunned students at Homestead Senior High School tell CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that this was a sobering reminder of how careful you have to be when driving.
“I drive myself,” said Nashai Wesley, a 12th grade student. “And this is crazy something like that happening. You know you are not really thinking when you are driving. You are just trying to get to where you are going.”
Miami-Dade Police say the accident happened at 5:58 a.m. on Southwest 12th Avenue just south of Southwest 256 Street and just south of the Florida Turnpike.
Police say a southbound Scion lost control and struck a northbound Honda Odyssey. They collided with a third vehicle: an Oldsmobile SUV.
The vehicles ended up in a field and Southwest 112th Avenue in that area was shut down for several hours as tow trucks and the Medical Examiner’s office were called to the scene.
Wesley and fellow 12th grader Siobhan Torres learned about the deadly accident while they were in school.
Wesley said, “Today from one of the staff I learned that someone had died. It was a faculty member and she just told me that someone died and we would hear about it soon. I didn’t know who it could be.”
Torres said, “I just heard from a faculty member about someone dying. I heard it over the loudspeaker. I hope it was not one of my friends. I would be torn up. You don’t think about someone dying but sometimes you just can’t control it. You have to be very careful. One of my friends got a ticket for running a stop sign. You have to be very careful on the road.”
Wesley said, “My heart is kind of heavy for the rest of the day because I will be wondering who is it and who it could be and what happened. Was it one of my friends. Could it be someone I talk to in the hallways. I have a heavy heart. I know my Mom would be heartbroken if this happened to me. Our prayers go out to the parents.”
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho sent out a tweet after hearing the news, saying “Prayers go out to the families of the high school students involved in this morning’s tragic accident.”
Police have not identified those involved in this deadly crash.
They say the cause of it has not been determined but say they are looking into whether speed was a factor.