Florida Accidents Leave Injuries, Death, Property Damage

May 16, 2022
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Small Plane Crash on Miami Bridge Kills Man

A small plane with three people aboard crashed Saturday on a bridge near Miami, striking an SUV with three occupants and killing the pilot of the plane, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

The single-engine Cessna 172 departed from Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport bound for Key West and soon lost power, the FAA said in a statement. The plane burst into flames after crashing.

Two people aboard the plane were taken to a trauma center and three people with non-life threatening injuries were taken to a hospital, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. A man identified as a local air traffic controller, Narciso Torres, was in the plane and died in the crash.

Drone video on social media showed the plane crumpled on the Haulover Inlet Bridge with a damaged SUV nearby. A man can be seen scrambling from the plane and being helped by others to the side of the roadway just before the aircraft became engulfed in flames.

Cyclists Killed on Causeway

Two bicyclists were struck and killed Sunday on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami, a popular cycling stretch despite previous accidents, authorities said.

Local news outlets reported that the driver of a Jeep vehicle hit a man and a woman on the road. The driver was not charged. In 2015, a cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run incident. In 2010 and 2012, cyclists were hit and killed by drunk drivers, according to TV news reports.

Food Truck Explodes in Vero Beach

A food truck exploded during a seafood festival in Florida on Saturday, sending one person to the hospital with severe burns, according to authorities.

The Vero Beach police said state and local fire officials are investigating the cause of the explosion. The department posted photos of the scene on Facebook that showed the sides and roof of the truck blown off the vehicle.

One person was flown to a hospital burn unit in Orlando. There were no other injuries and the festival continued as authorities secured the scene of the explosion, police said.

Top photo: In this photo provided by WSVN-TV, emergency personnel respond to the plane crash on the Haulover Bridge in Miami on Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration reported the single-engine Cessna 172 lost power just before Saturday’s crash. (WSVN-TV via AP)

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