By Deborah Souverain

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A deadly crash shutdown a stretch of busy Biscayne Boulevard on Friday morning.

The crash happened along NE 82nd Street and Biscayne Blvd.  According to Miami Police, one driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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CBS4 News spoke with a witness who said he saw three homeless men run to help pull one of the driver’s out of their vehicle after it caught fire.

“Thank God those three guys were here. There was this guy with a bag on his back and he was the one who ran, opened the door even when the car was on fire and got her out. And the other two, they helped her,” said Javier Acosta.

The driver of the vehicle that caught on fire was taken to the hospital.

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Another witness at the scene told CBS4 News that the driver of the vehicle that caught fire was allegedly speeding and almost hit their vehicle.

“It almost hit us it was coming from a side street being pursued by two North Bay Village police officers, and then there was a high speed chase coming west across the causeway and they were going really fast and once they got to the bridge the police officers from North Bay Village stopped pursuit,” explained Aaron Vanderpool.

Police have not confirmed if the driver was being pursued by police.

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The intersection of NE 82nd Street and Biscayne Blvd (US-1) has reopened.

Deborah Souverain