FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Two women were rushed to the hospital after a crash at a bus stop.
The accident happened on West Broward Boulevard at NW 15th Avenue just before 9:30 a.m. Two vehicles collided at the intersection, the impact sending one into the bus bench where two women were waiting for a bus.
“It went flying,” said a woman who was waiting for a bus on the other side of the road.
She said the driver of a grey sedan went airborne before hitting the bench. She ran to help while her friend called 911.
“I just said to them don’t move, help is on the way. Someone else I know called it in and then I called it in also. I just stayed there and I started to move the traffic,” she said.
A Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue unit happened to be going by just after the crash and stopped.
“At the time of the accident, both females were believed to have been seated at the bus bench waiting for a bus. Both of those females were transported as trauma alerts to Broward Health where they are currently in critical condition,” said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan.
He added that one of the women was immediately rushed into surgery at the hospital.
“Both of her legs were severed to the point where they were almost completely detached from her body,” said Gollan.
The driver of one of the vehicles was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Chopper4 over the scene spotted grey BMW with severe damage to its front and drivers side near the bus bench stand. A concrete garbage bin was on its side and a light pole near the stand also showed signs of damage at its base.
A traffic control box at the intersection which controls the light was ripped from the ground.
A short distance away, in the intersection, there was a red SUV with a crumpled front end and a shattered windshield.
All westbound lanes of W Broward Boulevard were shut down between NW 13th Avenue and NW 18th Avenue for hours due to the investigation and clean up.