Ten people, including four children, were injured Thursday in a five-vehicle crash that occurred in the Hawthorne area as Manhattan Beach police were in pursuit of a residential burglary suspect, authorities said.
Paramedics sent to Prairie and Marine avenues about 10:55 a.m. took three adults and four children to various hospitals with injuries of unknown severity. Three other adults were treated at the scene and released, the fire department said. Two people were freed by firefighters after being trapped in the wreckage.
Manhattan Beach police said a witness reported a residential burglary in progress near the 1100 block of 18th Street about 10:45 a.m.
“The witness provided a description of the suspect vehicle,” according to a police statement. “An officer on patrol in the area observed the vehicle traveling eastbound on Marine. Two suspects jumped out of the vehicle near the Hilton Garden Inn in Redondo Beach. The suspect driver of the vehicle continued eastbound on Marine (Avenue).”
Officers were still in pursuit of the black Audi when the collision occurred and the driver was taken into custody at the crash scene, police said.
The other two suspects were being sought.
The driver who was fleeing police ran a red light and crashed into a vehicle occupied by two adults and four children, police told reporters at the scene.
–City News Service
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