Watch: Man fleeing cops slams into school bus, hurting 8 kids
ELIZABETH — Eight children were injured when a police pursuit ended with the suspect's car crashing into a school bus and minivan on Wednesday afternoon.
Abdul Williams, 31, of East Orange led Elizabeth Police on a brief pursuit after refusing to stop for officers. The pursuit ended when Williams crashed into a school bus carrying Elizabeth Public School students and a minivan at the intersection of Madison and Fairmonth Avenues, police said, according to RLS Breaking Metro News.
Surveillance video posted to Twitter by WABC7 reporter CeFaan Kim shows the minivan and school bus passing each other on Fairmont Avenue after being stopped at a red light. Next, Williams' vehicle comes speeding down Madison and pushes the minivan into the school bus.
Police said Williams ran from the scene on foot and forced his way into a home but was found by officers and arrested, according to RLS. He was charged with nine counts of aggravated assault, eluding plus a number of heroin and marijuana possession and intent to distribute, according to that report.
The driver of the minivan and the children on the bus were hospitalized for minor injuries, according to RLS.
Reporters published so far have not indicated why Williams was being pursued. Elizabeth Police have not yet returned a message seeking comment from New Jersey 101.5.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report
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