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Several People Injured After Police Chase Ends In Crash In Newark

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A police pursuit ended in a violent crash in Newark Thursday morning.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and Market Street, right next to Essex County Community College, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported.

A Jeep plowed into a red car, pushing the car onto the sidewalk and into an iron fence. Pieces of the vehicle were strewn across the street and sidewalk.

Several people, including two police officers, were injured in the crash, Sloan reported.

“The driver of the Jeep, he got out of the Jeep and tried to run,” one witness told Sloan. “Then I saw them cut the top off the [red] car and take two people out.”

The red car was so mangled that the Jaws of Life had to be used to get the people inside of the car out, Sloan reported.

Video obtained by CBS 2 shows rescue workers helping a woman out of the red car. Witnesses say a young boy with her appeared to be fine as well.

The occupants of the red car were taken to University Hospital.

Witnesses in the emergency room told CBS 2 they appeared to be mother and son.

Witnesses say the driver of the Jeep was taken into custody.

Police said one person is in custody.

Investigators are still gathering evidence trying to determine what happened, but witnesses told Sloan they believe the Jeep was stolen.

“I am tired of the stolen cars, I’m tired of our youth doing things they have no business doing,” said Newark resident Vanessa Gardner.

Despite repeated calls to the department, Newark police have not yet released any information on the accident, Sloan reported.

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