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Seven Injured When Miami AirportTrain Crashes Into Building

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Monday, December 01, 2008 4:06 PM EST
Category: On The Road
Tags: Train Accident, Mass Transit, Miami, Airport Train

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IMAGE SOURCE:© Miami International Airport

Passengers onboard a Miami International Airport train were injured when the automated terminal-to-terminal vehicle went past its stop and slammed into a building near Concourse E on Friday.

The passengers, on their way to catch flights, had only handgrips and metal poles to grab hold of when the train crashed into the structure, according to authorities.

Seven passengers were on the train at the time of the accident. Five were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in downtown Miami, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

One passenger was listed in critical condition and three in serious condition, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Arnold Piedrahita.

All seven passengers aboard the train received some form of injury when the train crashed, said Greg Chin, a MIA spokesman.

A witness was also transported to the hospital because they were traumatized after the witnessing the crash.

This is the first crash on the track in nearly 30 years of operation, said Chin. An investigation into why the train over-shot its stop and crashed into the building is being led by The Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

The trains, which do not have a conductor, have run on an automated track at Miami Airport for 27 years. The airport has two trains, each containing standing room for 75 passengers.

The current MIA automated system is made up of cars similar in size to the Miami Metromover, an automated people-mover system that serves downtown Miami.

In June 2004, plans were delayed to add a new automated system as part of Miami’s extensive overhaul. The scheduled date of completion is now late 2009. #


3 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by christopher hall
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 10:57 AM EST

I was the passenger who was traumatized by the train crash. I was standing next to the wall the train hit.
The whole building shook, I thought a bomb had exploded. When checked by paramedics my heartrate was over 200 and they insisted i was taken to hospital. Once at hospital i was just left in a waiting room untill I complained that I would miss my flight. I was checked over and told it was ok for me to fly. When I asked how to get back to the airport I was told I would have to find my own way at my own expense and that I had to pay for treatment. I didnot know where I was or have any money as I was in transit through Miami.My wife was at the airport and didnot know where I was and my plane was due to depart in less than an hour.
Although the paramedics where very good everyone else couldnot care less. As a visitor to Miami I think I was treated very badly. I was in shock, didnot know where i was and just abandoned.

Anonymous User
Posted by Tom
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 3:42 PM EST

Damn Chris,
Yeah, I can understand now what you were experiencing.
And, I agree that you were treated shabbily to say the least.
File a suit against the Metro at least for expenses and whatever else came of this.
Good Luck!

Anonymous User
Posted by anonymous
Monday, December 08, 2008 10:08 PM EST

I have all of the insider info, lots of pictures, an I know exactly what happened!!!!!!!! I wanna get paid. Anyone interested?

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