DENVER - A crash involving a stolen car and school bus with students inside sent several people to the hospital in Denver Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened at 39th and Tejon around 3:45 p.m. It started when an officer spotted a stolen vehicle, police said.
The officer pulled behind the vehicle, which turned and accelerated away from the officer. According to police, the vehicle then ran a stop sign, clipping a Jeep Grand Cherokee and striking a school bus. The school bus veered off the road and crashed into a tree.
The stolen vehicle had three adults and two children inside, Denver police said. One of the children was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Another child and an adult inside the stolen vehicle were in serious condition.
There were 39 Denver Montessori Junior and Senior High School students on the school bus. 18 students were injured, mostly with bumps and bruises. However, five students were transported to Denver Health with other injuries.
The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was not seriously injured.
The driver of the stolen vehicle was arrested, according to Denver police. At this point, it's unclear what charges the driver will face.