LYNN -- A police chase that began in Saugus ended this evening when the suspects' car crashed into a neighborhood house, destroying an enclosed porch.
Lynn Police Sergeant Richard Donnelly said three men robbed a Saugus Walgreens and were pursued by Saugus police into Lynn. The driver lost control of a black Mitsubishi Lancer on a curve and crashed into the single family home at 226 Walnut St. about 6:30 p.m.
"I had just been in that room closing the blinds before heading to the fireworks in Revere, and I went out back when I heard the crash," said Aleida Torres, the home's resident. "It was so loud, so we ran around immediately and saw several police with their guns drawn at the vehicle."
The car went into the porch and cracked the building's exterior walls and foundation.
No residents were hurt, but the driver and two passengers were seriously injured. They were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The driver and one passenger was in fair condition, and another passenger was critical, Lynn police said.
Saugus Police at the scene would not comment on the chase or the crash. They would also not say if the pursuit was being monitored by a supervisor before it entered the densely residential neighborhood.
Witnesses said the most seriously hurt passenger had a large gash on his forehead. The names of those in the car were not immediately released.
"I was sitting inside of my door and I heard the brakes squeal and I heard a loud crash. I ran outside and saw the vehicle crash into my neighbor's house," said Corey Martin, 35, who lives next door. "I was there before the cops arrived. I saw the driver and the passenger, both with their heads against the front of the car, bleeding all over the place."
"The cops weren’t far behind, and they surrounded the vehicle."
Residents said this wasn’t the first time a serious accident occurred in the neighborhood.
"It's such a bad area," said Tatiana Matos, 24, Torres's daughter. "There was a crash here last winter where a snow bank was all that kept the car from going into our home. We've appealed to the city to have a guardrail put in, but they have done nothing."
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