Monday, December 6, 2004

Menudo member is on the SWAT Team

...and he got injured in a car crash.

 Police officers, including ex-Menudo singer, hurt in car crash

YEEHAW JUNCTION, Fla. — Four members of the Coral Gables police department, including a former member of the 1980s band Menudo, were injured when the van they were riding in overturned on Florida's Turnpike in Osceola County.

The officers were members of the department's SWAT team and returning Saturday from the SWAT Round-up International, a 66-team competition in Orlando.

Miguel Cancel, 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 southbound on the turnpike Saturday about 10 a.m. when the rear right tire blew on their van.

The vehicle flipped onto the northbound lanes, coming to rest on the northbound shoulder about four miles north of Yeehaw Junction, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Orbe, the driver, and Pagan, the front-seat passenger, were wearing seat belts. Arencibia and Cancel, who were riding in the back and not wearing seat belts, were ejected, the FHP said. All four were taken by ambulance to Orlando Regional St. Cloud Hospital.

Orbe and Pagan were treated and released.

Arencibia and Cancel were taken by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment. Miyares said Arencibia suffered a back injury and Cancel suffered a "severe injury to his left hand." A hospital spokeswoman referred calls to the department.

Sgt. Augustin Diaz said Cancel recently has performed benefit reunion shows with the group. Some of the members, including Cancel, reunited as El Reencuentro for a reunion tour.

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