A police pursuit of a stolen car in down Louisa Street in the Upper 9th Ward ended in a dramatic crash into a schoolbus on Wednesday morning, police said.
New Orleans Police Department spokesman Ofc. Frank Robertson said officers spotted a gold Chevy SUV that had been reported stolen near the corner of Chef Menteur Highway and Louisa Street around 7 a.m.
Police gave chase to the SUV, which made it to the corner of North Robertson and Louisa Streets before crashing into a school bus.
No children were on the bus and the driver was not injured, but the two women inside of the allegedly stolen vehicle were hurt.
Linda Gibson said she was walking home from breakfast at a Burger King when she heard a loud “boom” behind her.
Police said the SUV occupants’ injuries were non-life threatening. But in the chaotic moments after the collision, Gibson said, a woman inside the vehicle called out to her for help.
“They was bad off,” said Gibson. “I was hollering and screaming because I felt sorry for her.”
Hours after the crash, usually busy North Robertson was still blocked off by police. A tow truck lifted up the badly damaged SUV, which was strewn with blood and glass on the inside.
Robertson said the occupants of the SUV could be booked when they are released from the hospital.