A husband and wife were taken to the hospital after a plane crashed in St. Augustine on Thursday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The plane lost control during takeoff near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport.
FHP said the plane crashed into the tree line. The crash caused a fire, which was put out quickly.
The husband was flying the plane while the wife was a passenger. He was taken to UF Gainesville to be treated for burns and she was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.
“We heard a giant crash, we both look out the window and then *boom*,” neighbor Delaney Romedy said.
Delaney Romedy lives within 100 feet from where it crashed.
“We saw were the flames so we started figuring out what to do from that,” she said.
Romedy and her sister called 911 along with their parents to try to figure out what to do. She said authorities appeared to already be on their way.
“It’s what mom and dad always said so I called the police,” she said. “It was quite terrifying in all honesty.”
Romedy said she saw crews helping those hurt in the crash.
“I saw a lady being helped out of the woods,” Romedy said. it was quite terrifying in all honesty...
Witnesses said there was a dog in the plane, and St. Johns County Fire Rescue says that the dog was transported to a local vet for treatment.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
A portion of U.S. 1 from Big Oak Road to Lewis Speedway was closed as authorities responded to the crash, but traffic was still slow-moving in the area as of early Thursday evening.
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