Rat Causes Bizarre Fatal Car Crash in Fla.


MIAMI, Fla. – “Rat Trap” — Authorities say one person was killed and five others injured after a rat caused a car crash in Miami Sunday night.

The bizarre incident happened just after midnight in North Miami as a group of friends from a nearby bar went to investigate an explosion that knocked out street lights at an intersection.

“Believe it or not, a rat was at the top of one of the light poles…and chewed through one of the fusible links at the top of the pole, this caused the street lights to go out,” said Capt. Joseph Zahralban, with the City of Miami Fire Rescue.

As they were looking at the rat, two vehicles approached the intersection…these vehicles collided and unfortunately hit some of the pedestrians,” Zahralban said.

One person was killed and five others were taken to a nearby hospital where they were listed in serious but stable condition, authorities said.

Frank Negron, who was one of the bar patrons who went to investigate the explosion, said he was shocked at what he saw.

I saw the explosion and all the lights went out,” said Negron. “We were trying to figure out what was the cause of the explosion and then someone said ‘there’s a dead rat here on the floor’ and sure enough it was smoking.”

That’s when Negron said, his friends were struck by the cars.

A few of my friends who were standing on the sidewalk got pinned down by the vehicle, we had to lift up the vehicle and get a young lady out and another young man,” said Negron, who was still bewildered by the chances of the incident happening. “One in a million.”

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