Fleeing robbers smash into bus, injuring 20
22 July 2004, BARCELONA - At least 20 people were injured Thursday when two robbers trying to escape police smashed into a packed bus in a stolen car.
22 July 2004
BARCELONA - At least 20 people were injured Thursday when two robbers trying to escape police smashed into a packed bus in a stolen car.
The car jumped a number of traffic lights and went through a toll control at up to 150kmh.
The accident happened early Thursday when two men were caught as they tried to break into a business in the village of Rubi, outside the city.
They drove off into Barcelona reaching speeds of up to 200kmh.
The car hit the bus side-on in Ronda Universitat in the centre of the city.
The force of the smash meant the bus turned-over.
At least 20 people were injured, among them bus passengers, the driver and the two men in the stolen car.
The two men, a 70-year-old bus passenger and the bus driver were all seriously injured.
In all 14 had to be taken to hospital and others were treated at the scene.
Miquel Pedrosa, head of the Urban Police, said the two men were spotted at about 4am by a police patrol in Rubi.
They had tried to smash open the door of a business.
But when they saw a police car approaching, they got in the stolen BMW and sped off.
At first they tried to smash into the police car, which had to swerve out of the way.
The BMW had been stolen the day before in Ripollet, near Barcelona.
Pedrosa said that when the two would-be thieves reached a tunnel at Vallvidrera, on the way to Barcelona, they went through a toll stop at up to 150kmh.
Finally, as other police cars joined in the chase, they reached the centre of the city and smashed into the bus at the junction of Calle Balmes and Ronda Universitat.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news