Three passengers remained hospitalized Monday with non-life threatening injuries after a Tri-Rail struck an empty car that was stalled on the tracks near Commercial Boulevard and Powerline Road, officials said.
The fiery wreck occurred at about 7 p.m. Sunday when a 2009 VW Jetta became stuck on the tracks.
The three people inside the Jetta were able to escape before the northbound train struck the vehicle. The car became wedged underneath the train and caught fire.
Investigators said there were 275 people on the train. Eleven people were transported to different hospitals. Three passengers were still listed at Holy Cross Hospital on Monday morning.
Passenger James English, 65, said there was confusion and panic throughout the train in the moments after the crash.
"It was surreal and frightening," he said. "It was like a really bad movie. I've never seen such panic on people's faces. It still has me pretty shook up," English said on Monday morning.
English, a photographer, said he was headed home in the second passenger car from the front after spending most of the day shooting pictures in Miami. He said the train suddenly started shaking violently and then he saw flames shooting past his window.
Shortly after the crash, English said he saw people from the front car running into the other cars screaming and pushing each other. English said he had to "smash open" a door to get off the train while it was slowly moving.
"We were standing in this large empty field. Nobody knew what was going on or where we were," he said. "We just stood there in shock."
By Ihosvani Rodriguez and Ariel Barkhurst Sun Sentinel