At least six people were injured, two seriously, after a small plane crashed and caught fire on a highway bridge north of Miami on Saturday afternoon, according to local media reports.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the plane crashed on the Hallover Inlet Bridge at the north end of Biscayne Bay in Miami Dade County near Bal Harbor shortly before 1 p.m.
The single-engine Cessna 172 with three people lost engine power after taking off from Fort Lauderdale on its way to Key West, ABC Miami. Reporter Jeff Weinsier tweeted,
a video posted on twitter The small plane was shown flattened and burning in the middle of the road, billowing thick black smoke.
The damaged SUV was seen a short distance away. CBS 4 Miami reported that the plane hit the SUV while landing on the highway.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told CBS that six people were injured, two seriously. One was taken by air rescue to Ryder Trauma Center, the other by ambulance to hospital.
It is not yet clear whether both were on the plane or the SUV, but according to NBC-6 South Florida, they were charred, which would suggest they were on the plane because the SUV did not catch fire.
A separate video showed a man climbing out of the plane after hitting the ground and running to the other side as smoke began to rise, where he helped another man jump from the wreckage.
The other man then fell to the ground, and as the fire grew, people bystanders helped steer him away from the plane.