A semi running a red light caused major damage along the Truck Route in Miami last week injuring two and destroying garages and a gas meter.
MIAMI – It was quite a scene when a semi truck barreled through an intersection, hit a car and then struck two garages on the Truck Route in Miami causing considerable destruction.
“The truck was northbound, ran the red light, struck the car, then hit the two structures,” Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson said.
According to the Miami Police Department Investigating Officer Andrew Hanson's accident report, the crash occurred 1:45 p.m on July 27 at the four-way intersection of D Street NE and 3rd Avenue NE in Miami.
A gray 2013 Freightliner Cascadia driven by Elisa Mohamed, 36, of Columbia Heights, Minnesota, driving for Allstate Carriers, LLC of Garland, Texas, was traveling north on D Street NE and ran a red light at the intersection and struck a silver 2012 Dodge Charger driven by Danielle Santiago, 34, of Miami, who was traveling west in the right lane of 3rd Street NE.
Santiago had proceeded through the intersection of 3rd Street NE and D Street NE on a green light and was hit on the driver's side of her vehicle by Mohamed's truck.
The force of the collision's impact sent both vehicles careening northwest before separating. Mohamed's truck continued on and slammed into nearby structures causing destruction to two entire garages and a gas meter.
According to the MPD report, Mohamed's condition at the time of the crash is unknown, the vehicle's airbag did not deploy, and he received incapacitating injuries to his head, external and internal trunk, arms and legs. Mohamed was transported by Integris EMS and Aero Care to Freeman Hospital for treatment.
Santiago's condition during the event is listed as apparently normal and the side airbag did deploy in her vehicle. Santiago is listed as sustaining an incapacitating injury to her legs and was transported by Integris EMS to Integris Miami Hospital.
The garages struck by Mohamed's semi are located at 309 3rd Street NE and owned by Pamela Mathis, of Miami, and 323 D Street NE owned by David Fogler, of Miami. A gas meter was also destroyed by the impact owned by Oklahoma Natural Gas. Property belonging to Jonney Stanton, of Miami, was also impacted by the collision but was not specifically listed in the report.
Witnesses at the scene corroborated the course of events and also told police Mohamed had accelerated while traveling through the intersection.
Conditions at the time of the crash are listed in the report as clear weather with a dry roadway. The contributing unsafe and unlawful factors of the event are listed as Mohamed's failure to stop for the traffic signal.
Investigators list no improper action by Santiago.
Both vehicles involved were listed as disabled by the collision and were towed by Garner's Towing and Trackside Towing.
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