A vehicle thought to be involved in an armed carjacking crashed and caught fire early Saturday in Pittsburgh’s East End, the city Department of Public Safety said.
Officers had spotted the vehicle and began following it just after 2 a.m., the department said. The carjacking occurred earlier in the evening on Race Street, according to the department.
“When [officers] activated their lights and sirens, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed well ahead of the officers,” then crashed at East Liberty Boulevard and Frankstown Avenue, the department said in a statement. The intersection is at the border of East Liberty and Larimer.
Police extinguished flames and extricated the driver and passenger — both men — after the vehicle caught fire, according to the department. Medics took the driver and passenger to a hospital with unknown injuries, the department said.
An investigation was continuing.