Traffic Stop Leads to Multi-Vehicle Crash, Car Fires

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    Seven people are in the hospital after police say a traffic stop led to a crash involving several vehicles in West Philadelphia.

    Police say the ordeal began when SWAT officers approached a car with tinted windows in West Philadelphia. The men inside the vehicle allegedly sped off and struck a taxi cab, causing the cab to strike a pole. The suspects' vehicle then spun and struck three other cars as well as a tree.

    A witness, who did not want to be identified, says she was about 15 feet away from the scene of the crash.

    "The first car crashed at 53rd and Spruce," she said. "The next three cars crashed at 53rd and Delancey."

    The two suspects were both ejected from their vehicle. One of the cars that was struck also caught fire.

    "I heard one explosion as I was walking away from the smoke," said the witness.

    The suspects were taken to the hospital where they are currently in critical condition. Police also say five other people, including the cab driver, suffered minor injuries.

    Police say they found two guns on the ground near the suspects after the crash. Police have not yet revealed why officers approached the suspects in the first place.

    Stay with NBC10.com for more details on this developing story.

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