Sunbathers hit by truck on South Beach

Published On: Nov 06 2011 09:18:07 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 07 2011 01:28:21 PM EST

Two sunbathers were taken to the hospital after being hit by a pick-up truck in the sand along 8th Street beach.

A Boucher Brothers employee was operating a Ford F-150 truck on the beach, east of the trash can line, when the driver struck the sunbathers, according to Miami Beach spokesperson Nannette Rodriguez.

The two sunbathers, both from South Florida, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where they were treated for facial injuries and lacerations.

In 2003, two sisters visiting from France were run over by a city of Miami Beach police vehicle.  Stephanie Tunic died.  Her sister Sandrine was critically injured. 

As a result of the crash, the city of Miami Beach devised a new "driving on the beach" policy for city vehicles.

The policy states that city vehicles must stay to the west of the garbage cans, traveling on the hard-packed sand.

Beach patrol, police and fire vehicles have a speed limit of 15 mph, even when responding to an emergency.

It's unclear whether beach vendors must also follow the driving on the beach policy.

City spokesperson Nannette Rodriguez said they will review the vendors contract on Monday.


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