On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at the intersection of Northwest 17th Street and 7th Avenue in Miami, Florida, a FedEx truck collided with Miami-Dade Metrobus Route M.
At the time of the collision, 30 passengers were on the bus. Among them, a 16-year-old girl who was riding the bus in a wheelchair. Lt. Ignatius Carroll of the City of Miami Fire Rescue told reporters that first responders were very concerned about the teenage girl, not knowing what condition she was in before the collision and obviously bracing themselves for the worst outcome. But thankfully, “as we started assessing patients inside the bus, we found that more people were complaining about injuries and that turned into a Level 2” added Carroll.
Injured Passengers were transported to Doctor’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, South Miami Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Florida Law is very clear.
Statute §316.075 Traffic control signal devices
Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until a green indication is shown;
After the injured were cared for, the police assessed the cause of the collision and determined that the driver of the FedEx truck failed to stop at the red light of the intersection. Unable to stop his truck, the driver could not avoid slamming into the passenger-loaded bus resulting in several people being injured.