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Crash during chase of stolen truck on south side injures woman, IMPD officer

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A woman was seriously injured and a police officer received minor injuries Wednesday night in a crash at a primary intersection on the south side.

The crash happened as police chased a U-Haul truck that had been stolen Wednesday night, police said. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said officers had been watching traffic for hours to spot the stolen U-Haul truck.

About 9 p.m. Wednesday, an IMPD officer in a patrol car attempted to stop the stolen truck at East Troy and Madison avenues. The truck did not stop, and a chase began west on Troy Avenue.

A few minutes later, the patrol car involved in the chase hit another vehicle driven by a 33-year-old woman at Bluff Road and West Troy Avenue. The intersection will be closed for several hours, IMPD said in a tweet.

The woman and the officer were taken to a hospital. The woman was initially in critical condition, but later upgraded to serious condition and stable. The injuries of the officer were described as “non-serious” in IMPD’s tweet. Neither the officer or the woman have been identified.

The crash happened about a mile west of where the U-Haul was first spotted by police. The U-Haul truck later was stopped west of the crash, IMPD said, and two people were detained.

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