Two children and three adults were injured yesterday after two vehicles collided at a Northwest Baltimore intersection while one of them was being followed by police for a traffic violation. One of the vehicles caught fire after it struck a utility pole, police said.
Names of the injured were not available.
About 5 p.m., at Gwynn Oak and Ferndale avenues in Howard Park, a van and an Audi, which was being followed by police, crashed, and one of them struck a parked vehicle. One vehicle caught fire after hitting a utility pole, and firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. A passenger in one of the vehicles was trapped for a few minutes before being rescued by firefighters, police said.
Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said the driver of the Audi had eluded police Monday during a traffic violation. The officers spotted the car yesterday and were following it when the collision occurred. The pursuit was not a high-speed chase, he said.
A passenger in the Audi fled after dropping a handgun that was recovered, Harris said. The Audi's driver was injured.
Police said a landing zone was set up at the city's Forest Park Municipal Golf Course, about four blocks southeast of the crash scene, for a state police helicopter from Glenn L. Martin Airport in Middle River that took two injured children to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in East Baltimore.
City Fire Department ambulances took two adults to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and one adult was taken to Sinai Hospital. The conditions of the injured were not available.
City traffic police were investigating the accident.