A bus that mistakenly detoured through the Miami airport, crashed into an overpass killing two passengers on Saturday morning. The chartered bus was filled with Jehovah's Witnesses on their way to a conference in West Palm Beach when the accident occurred.
Apparently the driver, Ramon Ferreiro, became confused when they reached the airport and drove past a yellow sign warning drivers of an 8-foot, 6-inch height limit at the entrance of the airport's arrivals section on the lower level. Tragically, the bus at 11 feet tall, was well over the height limit, and when Ferreiro attempted to drive the bus through the overpass, the top of the bus was peeled back, crushing those passengers in the front of the bus. Ferreiro sat in a seat much lower than that of his passengers and was uninjured in the accident.
Airport employees were the first to arrive on the accident scene and found shocked, bloodied passengers thrown into the aisles or trapped in their seats by the wreckage.
Miami-Dade Police units arrived at the accident scene and began removing injured passengers through a window until the fire department rescue units arrived and took over the rescue operation. Thirty injured passengers, several in critical condition, were transported to five nearby hospitals. Jehovah's Witnesses will not accept blood transfusions because of religious beliefs. This belief may be a factor in carrying for the injured passengers, especially those in critical condition.
Miami resident, 86-year-old Serfin Castillo, was killed on impact in the crash, and 56-year-old Francisco Urana of Miami died shortly after arriving at Jackson Memorial's Ryder Trauma Center.
The bus belongs to Miami Bus Service Corporation. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the company has had no unsafe driving or controlled substances violations based on a 24-month record that ended in October.