SWEETWATER, Fla. – Police officers saw a pickup truck plunged into a canal on Wednesday night outside Dolphin Mall in Miami-Dade County.
The police officers were in the area of Northwest 12th Street and the Florida Turnpike when they saw the pick-up truck, according to Detective Lee Cowart, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.
“Officers quickly went into the water,” Cowart said.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers also jumped into the dark and murky waterway. Air rescue assisted with visibility from above. Cowart said they rescued a man and were searching for others.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel took the man to a nearby hospital, Cowart said.
Sweetwater Police Department officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers also responded to the area just outside of the Dolphin Mall.
Cowart said officers closed the Turnpike’s Exit to Northwest 12th Street, where they diverted westbound traffic at 114th Avenue and eastbound traffic at Northwest 121st Avenue.