MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Fire Rescue used the jaws of life to rescue a trapped man after a Miami-Dade school bus collided with a dump truck.
This happened around 6:20 a.m at NW 12th Avenue and 67th Street, near Miami Northwestern Senior High School.
“The school bus was traveling northbound on 12th Avenue and there was a dump truck, a privately owned dump truck, that was coming out of the school (Holmes Elementary School), backing up, and there was a collision between both vehicles,” according to police spokesman Officer Mike Vega.
The driver of the school bus was transported to North Shore Hospital where she was listed as stable.
“The impact caused the bus to be sheared along the passenger side. This accident caused the bus aide to be trapped inside the bus. The bus driver was able to get ou. When fire rescue arrived, we found an adult male in his 40s, his leg entombed in a bunch of crushed metal and unable to get out,” said Miami Fire Rescue Captain Ignatius Carroll.
Carroll said firefighters had to cut up the driver’s side of the bus so they could get equipment and personnel inside so they could treat him as they removed him.
They also had to raise a section of the roof which had collapsed. Carroll said it didn’t hit him but it did make it a challenge for firefighters to reach him.
They were able to extricate the man, who had severe leg injuries, from the bus. He was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center where he was listed as critical but stable.
Patrack Butterfield identified the injured man as his brother Jerome. He told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench in an exclusive interview that his brother’s right leg is broken. He said Jerome was pinned inside the bus for an hour before Miami firefighters were able to cut him out.
Butterfield said he saw what had happened on TV and rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center.
“This has been a draining moment. I was called out, I live in Broward. I saw this on the news and I got a phone call. This was a life-shifting moment,” he said.
Butterfield said after seeing his brother conscious and alert at the hospital, he’s feeling a little better.
“He’s going to make a full recovery. He’s a survivor,” he said.
Butterfield said his brother has been doing this for a while and is well known to the kids on his route.
“He’s been there 20 years and he is a veteran bus aide. He is also disabled which makes this special because he is able to pick up disabled children in the morning. He likes his job. He’s been there forever,” said Butterfield. “We are very grateful for those calling. Some of them are social workers and we are grateful that he is alive and not dead. So we’re happy about that.”
At the time of the accident, the bus was going to pick up students for Miami Beach Senior High. Fortunately, there were no children on it at the time of the crash.
Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said this could have turned out much worse.
The accident prompted a comment on social media from Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho who tweeted “Thankful that despite this horrific early morning crash, everyone is expected to be ok. Please use caution when driving.”
Miami police said it’s not clear who was at fault or if excessive speed was a factor. Citations or charges are pending.