Miami garbage truck plunges off highway into city park

A City of Miami employee is lucky to be alive today after a crash sent him and his vehicle plummeting off an I-95 exit. In February, Kaseem Smith was driving his City of Miami garbage truck when he lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a concrete barrier, and drove off an exit ramp. Smith and the truck fell 75 feet and landed in Jose Marti Park where they destroyed two parked cars and scattered garbage across the street.

Dascam footage from the truck was released to local media as part of the ongoing investigation into the crash. The video shows Smith apparently driving and looking out of the windshield before losing control and driving off the ramp.

"I have not seen anything like this. It's a miracle he survived this accident," Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Sanchez told WTSP. "He struck the left concrete wall twice and then he overcorrected according to the video and hit the right concrete wall and then fell off the I-95 ramp into Jose Marti Park." Smith was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the truck during the crash. He was cited for careless driving and not wearing a seat belt, then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

"We are very happy that Mr. Kaseem Smith has been released from the hospital and that he survived this crash which the video shows is nothing short of a miracle," said the City of Miami in a statement released with the dashcam footage. "The recording is proof that this technology works and can provide answers about driving events that would otherwise be difficult to assess. The video shows Mr. Smith was not texting or using his phone and no other vehicle appears to be involved. We are still reviewing the case with Risk Management and Law Departments regarding what steps to follow next."

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