Authorities in Miami are searching today for the driver of an SUV who crashed into a school bus with children on board and then walked away from the scene.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the black SUV crashed into a Miami-Dade County yellow school bus after the driver ran a stop sign around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The impact of the crash sent the bus careening into the front of a nearby home.
“I just turned around and I see a bus inside the house,” one of the home’s residents, Dominique McDuffie, told local ABC affiliate WPLG.
Her 87-year-old grandfather, Collis McDuffie, was inside painting a bedroom at the time of the crash and described the moment of impact.
“All of the sudden, boom,” he said.
Neither was injured in the crash. On board the bus were two special needs children and two adults, all of whom suffered only minor injuries and received treatment on the scene, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials.
Eyewitnesses said the driver appeared distracted after the crash and fled the scene as the two adults worked to evacuate the children from the bus.
“I saw the guy. The guy was on the phone, talking. I just heard him say that he ran the stop sign, and then he was talking on the phone and the next thing you know, he disappeared,” a neighbor said, according to WPLG.
Both the bus and the SUV were towed from the crash scene. Building inspectors were expected to return to examine the McDuffie’s home to determine if it is structurally sound, WPLG reported.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the accident to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.