Three people were slightly injured today when an MTA bus was struck broadside by a speeding stolen car occupied by three joy-riding youths in South Baltimore, police said.
The youths escaped on foot after the bus crashed into the front of a stone church at Washington Boulevard and Carey Street.
Police said the unidentified bus driver and a passenger were taken by city ambulance to University of Maryland Medical Center and another passenger was transported to Mercy
Medical Center. All of the injuries were minor, police said.
Officer Patrick Conley, 34, of the Southern District, said he spotted the stolen car, a 1989 Pontiac, about 8:30 a.m. while driving behind it in the 900 block of S. Carey St. Conley said he had taken the report of the stolen car yesterday from near Hollins Market.
The driver of the Pontiac, who police believe is a 15-year-old, noticed the police cruiser and took off into the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Carey Street at about 30 mph. The car struck the bus broadside and the bus slammed into a front wall of Wayman's AME Church, which has been in the South Baltimore community for more than 90 years.
The driver of the stolen car and two occupants escaped on foot, Conley said. A spokesman for the church said a damage estimate was not yet available.