At least one person died Sunday afternoon after a police pursuit that started in San Francisco ended in a fiery crash at the intersection of West MacArthur Boulevard at Peralta Street.
A harrowing video captured by a witness shows police and bystanders frantically dragging a victim of the crash to safety as the vehicle is engulfed in flames.
Witnessed the aftermath of a horrific car crash today at the Oakland/Emeryville border after a #SFPD police chase. Driver dragged from burning car. Passenger trapped and dies. @kpix @abc7newsbayarea @KTVU pic.twitter.com/gJiRCzLgWN
— Barbara Llarena (@aahsomepr) June 11, 2018
The pursuit began in SF’s tenderloin neighborhood when the two suspects reportedly assaulted and kidnapped a victim by forcing her into the trunk of their car. The victim was able to escape by activating an emergency release lever.
The pursuit continued across the Bay Bridge and ended when the vehicle collided with another vehicle, spun, and crashed into a light pole at the intersection at about 3:18 p.m.
The passenger of the vehicle died in the accident while the driver of the vehicle was said to be in critical condition. The kidnapping victim is said to be in “fair” condition according to the SFPD Captain Carl Fabbri in the press conference video below.
The intersection was blocked off for hours as at least a dozen officers from the SFPD, CHP, EPD and The Alameda County Fire Department attempted to piece together what happened.
Watch the video segment and read more on ABC7news.com.
This is video of an SFPD officer trying to extinguish a car fire. The driver and passenger are accused of kidnapping a woman in San Francisco. She escaped. But the officer chased the car to this scene in Emeryville where it crashed. One of the suspects died. pic.twitter.com/UqlTs2E4l3
— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) June 11, 2018
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) June 11, 2018
Feature Image still frame pulled from witness Barbara Llarena’s video via Twitter.