YEEHAW JUNCTION, Fla. – Four members of the Coral Gables police department, including a former member of the 1980s band Menudo (search), were injured when the van they were riding in overturned on Florida's turnpike.
The officers were members of the department's SWAT team and were returning Saturday from the SWAT Round-up International, a 66-team competition in Orlando.
Miguel Cancel (search), one of the officers injured in the accident, was a singer with Menudo as a teenager in the 1980s, said Coral Gables police Lt. Paul Miyares.
The four officers — Eduardo Orbe, 29, Edwin Pagan, 32, Eugenio Arencibia, 32, and Cancel, 37 — were traveling south on the turnpike when the rear right tire blew on their van.
The vehicle flipped into the northbound lanes, coming to rest on the northbound shoulder, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Arencibia and Cancel, who were riding in the back and not wearing seat belts, were ejected, the FHP said. All four were taken to a hospital, and Orbe and Pagan were released.
Miyares said Arencibia had a back injury and Cancel suffered a "severe injury to his left hand."