PITTSBURGH (KRON) — A close call for some children outside Pittsburgh, as the kids were nearly struck by a police cruiser that spun out of control during a chase.
Witnesses described what happened Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Dormand Street in Stowe Township as terrifying.
“All I saw was the access van hit the police car,” said a witness, who did not identify her name. “It spun, hit the pole, spun the other way, and it was just crazy. And then there was a bunch of kids that ran that way because they were on the sidewalk there. I’m, like, ‘Oh my god,’ and then it just got crazy after that.”
You can see it in the surveillance video a group of children are standing on the sidewalk when a police cruiser nearly slams into them.
It was a close call.
Stowe Township police were reportedly chasing a stolen vehicle when one of their police cruisers was hit by a van, causing it to spin out of control.
The cruiser then spins near the children.
“I’m still shaken up because you see that in the movies, not in real life, you know?” witness Candice Sabo said. “So, it was kind of scary, but everyone seemed fine besides the officer. He was shaken up. I’m sure he went to the hospital, but very scary.”
After missing the children, the out-of-control police cruiser hit a minivan that was parked along the street, sending it rolling forward for a few feet.None of the children standing on the sidewalk were injured.
None of the children standing on the sidewalk were injured. The officer in the cruiser had minor injuries.
As for the driver of the stolen vehicle, he got away.