Elderly Pair In Critical Condition Following Crash into Miami-Dade Retention Pond

Rescue workers pulled two people from a Miami-Dade retention pond following a crash off the Florida Turnpike Friday.

WSVN.com reports that a blue Toyota minivan crashed before noon as it traveled southbound near the Southwest Eighth Street exit. Apparently, the driver of the minivan lost control of the vehicle while exiting, flipping the van and sending it careening into the retention pond.

Rescue workers had to act fast, dispatching dive teams into the water in order to save the victims’ lives. “Dive teams from fire rescue and Miami-Dade Police did their search and rescue, and were able to rescue an adult female and adult male inside of the vehicle at the time,” said Lieut. Alex Camacho of the Florida Highway Patrol.

The presence of alligators in the retention pond made the rescue efforts even more fraught, and snipers were reportedly on hand to provide support in the case of an alligator attack during the rescue efforts.

Despite their quick reaction to the situation, first responders transported the victims to HCA Florida Kendall Hospital in critical condition.

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