Stolen Car Pursuit Ends With 3-Vehicle Crash In Enfield, Elm Street Reopened

Elm Street reopened around 11 p.m. Sunday night after police concluded their initial on-site investigation of the chase and crash.

A pregnant woman who was driving this SUV when it was struck by stolen pick-up truck was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries, according to police.

A segment of Elm Street was shut down Sunday evening when a stolen vehicle pursuit that began in Massachusetts ended in a three-vehicle collision that sent four people to the hospital.

Sgt. Dan Casale said Enfield police were notified that Springfield police were pursuing a stolen truck pulling a landscaping trailer around 5:30 p.m. East Longmeadow police joined the chase when the truck reached that town, and the pursuit continued into Enfield.

Near the intersection of Shaker Road and Elm Street, the truck collided with two other vehicles. A pregnant woman had to be extricated from her car by the Thompsonville Fire Department, and she and a passenger were transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries, Casale said.

The second vehicle to be struck, an SUV, rolled over onto its roof. That driver, also a pregnant woman, was transported to an area medical facility, also with unknown injuries, Casale said.

The stolen truck came to rest in the front yard of a home on Elm Street, nearly striking the house itself, Casale reported.

The driver of the truck was identified as Ryan Terbush, 29, of Monson, MA. He was charged with 2nd-degree larceny, 1st-degree reckless endangerment and engaging police in pursuit. He complained of back pain and was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Casale said.

Following the accident, police closed Elm Street from Ganny Terrace to Asnuntuck Community College. At 9:15 p.m., that segment of Elm Street remained closed while officers from the Metro Traffic unit worked at reconstructing the crash, Casale said.

Shortly after 9 p.m., Enfield police were informed by Springfield police that the house from which the truck was stolen had been broken into.

Police documents from Massachusetts indicate that Terbush has a record of 50 previous criminal arrests in that state, police said.

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Elm Street reopened around 11 p.m. Sunday night as police finished their initial investigation of the crash. It had been closed since about 6 p.m. after a three-car collision involving a stolen truck from Massachusetts occurred near the intersection of Elm Street and Shaker Road.