A police pursuit of a stolen taco-company truck led to a crash involving a school bus and a propane tank in San Bernardino Monday morning.
The pursuit began about 9:30 a.m. when officers saw the truck, which had been reported stolen about an hour earlier, on Baseline Road, according to San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Rich Lawhead.
The truck headed onto the southbound 215 Freeway with officers in pursuit, reaching a speed of 80 mph. It exited at Mill Street and got stuck in traffic, Lawhead said.
The truck tried to force its way alongside a school bus transporting more than 40 children, sideswiped the bus, then T-boned a propane tanker, Lawhead said. The crash occurred at Mill and I streets.
The two men inside the stolen truck — identified as Sean Fowler, 20, and Daiquon Horne, 22 — were injured in the crash, Lawhead said.
As officers took them into custody, at least one officer fired his or her weapon, but no one was struck by the gunfire. It was not clear what led to the shooting, which will be investigated, Lawhead said.
One of the men in the truck was bleeding from his face, said witness Emma Gamino.
No schoolchildren were injured in the incident, according to San Bernardino City Unified School District. The students on the bus attend Richardson Prep Hi Middle School, and parents were alerted of the situation.
The driver exited the bus and was crying, Gamino said. Another bus came to pick up the children, she said.
The truck was stolen from the Baseline Road corporate office of Amapola Rico Taco, which operates a catering division and five restaurants in the Inland Empire, according to its website.
All the vehicles involved remained on scene several hours after the crash.