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Stolen Car Chase, Crash Shuts Down SF Geary Boulevard

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Police at the scene of a multiple car accident at the intersection of Geary Blvd. and 10th Ave. in San Francisco, October 30, 2013.

Police at the scene of a multiple car accident at the intersection of Geary Blvd. and 10th Ave. in San Francisco, October 30, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A four-car crash in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond District Wednesday afternoon sent five people to a hospital, a fire official said.

The crash was reported at 12:20 p.m. near Geary Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Geary was shut down between 9th and 11th Avenues while police investigated the scene.

A total of five people were injured; including the drivers of the four cars plus one pedestrian who was hit by debris on the north side of the street. Two of the injured are in serious condition and are at San Francisco General Hospital according to a fire official.

A stolen 1990 blue Honda Accord had its front end completely smashed in when it was headed northbound on 10th Avenue, ran a red light against Geary traffic and then hit a Lexus SUV. The SUV then rolled onto another car, causing another vehicle behind that to collide.

John Rinaldi, owner of Paul’s Battery & Tire Co. at 4620 Geary Blvd., said the SUV was on its roof and that three other cars involved in the crash were “pretty messed up.”

He said it appeared one of the cars had been speeding down Geary Boulevard.

The driver of the stolen car is in custody and at San Francisco General Hospital. He is a 25-year-old male, but his identity has not been released.

A traffic investigative unit and criminal investigative unit were both on the scene.

Police initially wanted to have the scene cleared by 3:30 p.m. but later said it could take longer.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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