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Stolen Taco Truck Hits Multiple Vehicles During Police Chase

 Tuesday, March 1, 2016

 Los Angeles Times

A stolen truck hauling tacos hit two cars on the freeway in San Bernardino on Monday, sped down an off-ramp, hit a school bus loaded with children, jumped a curb onto the sidewalk and then plowed into a propane tanker – which was followed by gunfire. “It was just a crazy scene,” said San Bernardino police Lt. Rich Lawhead. The incident started quietly enough, Lawhead said. Officers had arrived at the Amapola Rico Taco restaurant off Mount Vernon Avenue about 8:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a stolen food truck.

But as the officers took their report, the stolen vehicle rolled by, Lawhead said.

Police gave chase and the truck accelerated onto the southbound 215 Freeway, Lawhead said. The truck hit speeds up to of 80 mph and hit two vehicles before it exited at Mill Street, he said.

Unfortunately for the driver, Mill Street during the morning rush hour is packed with commuters and students headed to a nearby school, Lawhead said. The truck rolled right into gridlock once it was off the freeway.