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Officers Hospitalized After Crashing SUV During Pursuit of Stolen U-Haul in Van Nuys

Two officers were hospitalized, and two civilians suffered minor injuries after a police SUV crashed during the pursuit of a stolen U-Haul in Van Nuys Monday morning.

A police vehicle is seen following a crash in Van Nuys on May 21, 2018.

A police vehicle is seen following a crash in Van Nuys on May 21, 2018.

The pursuit began about 3:55 a.m. when the officers located a stolen moving truck on Woodman Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Rich Brunson said.

The officers were specifically out looking for stolen vehicles due to what Brunson described as a “rising trend” of U-Hauls getting taken in the area.

The chase progressed north on Woodman Avenue until reaching Sherman Way, where the officers’ vehicle was involved in a collision with a white Dodge Charger that was traveling eastbound, Brunson said.

It was unclear which vehicle had the right of way at the time of the crash, Brunson said.

A white Toyota Tundra that was stopped at the intersection was also caught up in the collision.

Two officers were taken to a local hospital after stating that they felt pain in their lower bodies, officials said. Two people injured in the other vehicles were treated at the scene and released, Brunson said.

The stolen vehicle continued on Woodman Avenue but also crashed into a fence a short time later, prompting the driver to flee the vehicle.

The suspected U-Haul thief was still on loose but “we do have him contained,” Brunson said.

Brunson warned residents to stay inside and report anything suspicious while officers searched for the suspect.

KTLA's Juan Flores contributed to this story.