Two people traveling in a stolen car being pursued by police were seriously injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash in North Hollywood.

The collision happened about 12:40 p.m. at the intersection of North Tujunga Avenue and Erwin Street, according to Officer Ricardo Alvarez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

Police tried to pull over the stolen vehicle, but the driver accelerated and crashed into a truck soon afterward, he said.

Two of the three people in the stolen car had to be freed from the wreckage by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel. They were hospitalized in critical but stable condition, according to Alvarez, and were not immediately identified.

Fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said another person was also taken to a hospital, but that patient’s condition was unclear.

The intersection of Erwin Street and Tujunga Avenue was closed as police investigated the crash, according to Alvarez.

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