ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Two men suspected of stealing a car in Washington Park, IL are listed in critical condition after they crashed the car they were driving in North St. Louis.
"I don`t know if he swerved around the spike strips or if he hit them, but next thing I know, he`s right under the semi." Said crash witness, Christa Zova.
The aftermath of a violent crash at the intersection of North Broadway and Carrie left witnesses wondering what led to this gruesome end.
"I did see the driver. He looked young to me," added Zova.
East St. Louis Police say they received a tip two people in a stolen car out of Washington Park were in the area. Not long after officers started tracking the car, police say the alleged car thieves found trouble at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Collinsville Avenue.
"It struck one vehicle and backed into a second vehicle at which time it tried to strike one of my officers who was on foot assisting individuals in the vehicle that was struck." said East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard.
Illinois State Police say a small child was injured in one of the cars the suspects hit. While the child was rushed to the hospital, police rushed to stop the driver of the stolen car as it traveled across the Martin Luther King Bridge into St. Louis. ISP says at some point during the chase shots were fired.
Witness Christa Zova watched as St. Louis police joined in to stop the car. She says it was speeding as it collided with the semi-truck.
"The start of it was the siren and spike strips, and the next thing I know they`re chasing him. Two seconds later he`s under the truck," added Zova.
The suspects were pulled from the vehicle and taken to the hospital. Evidence technicians scoured the scene as the accident reconstruction crew pieced together what took place.
Police tell Fox 2 News a gun was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.
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