Bus crashes into apartment building after police chase - FOX 13 News

Bus crashes into apartment building after police chase

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Several people were injured Monday afternoon after a bus crashed into a building in St. Petersburg.

A Toyota SUV crashed into a PSTA bus near the intersection of 11th Avenue South and 25th Street South in St. Pete.

Both vehicles then ran into the front of an apartment in Jordan Park.

Investigators say this wreck was the result of a chase by a Gulfport Police officer.

"He confirmed that the vehicle was stolen and he initiated a pursuit," said Gulfport Chief of Police Rob Vincent. "Went through the intersection behind us which is 11th Avenue South going east and ran the stop sign and apparently t-boned into this PSTA bus."

Gulfport Police say there were four people in the car at the time of the wreck including, the 2-year-old son of the driver.

That driver, Derrick Mins, sustained minor injuries. An unidentified passenger was taken to the hospital for treatment. The toddler is said to be fine, while the fourth passenger fled the scene.

Shaivon Johnson says she saw the whole thing.

"It was kinda nerve racking because you didn't know what was happening," said Johnson.

While many were taken away on stretchers, no one on the bus sustained any major injuries and luckily, no one was on the porch  at the time of the accident.

Jenkins, a school nurse, rushed to the accident to help.

"We were trying to assist two people, we had two injured young men that were unconscious in the car and bleeding," said Jenkins.

And while the aftermath of the wreck looks bad, Jenkins says it could have been a lot worse.

"Normally that house that the bus hit, there are children sitting on the porch so I thank God that the kids weren't out today on that porch because definitely they would haven been gone," Jenkins said.

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