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Stolen Car Pursuit Ends in Crash Into Homeless Encampment

A car that had been reported stolen crashed into a homeless encampment Tuesday in the Harbor City area.

The crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. at Vermont Avenue and 253rd Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and reports from the scene.

“All of a sudden I heard screeching tires and then boom, the car is on top of me,” said Greg Campbell, who was injured in the crash.

Three people in the homeless encampment were injured in the crash after the car came to a stop on top of one of the tents.

“I heard just a bunch of commotion outside,” said Chelsea Telle, who witnessed the crash. “I looked over here and there’s just a car on top of the tent and there was three people underneath. Just, scared honestly. ”

After the crash, the motorist and two passengers got out of the car and ran off, pursued on foot by someone in the homeless encampment who apparently stabbed one of them, the LAPD reported.

The 16-year-old passenger was stabbed and then taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to authorities. His condition is unknown.

No arrests have been made, but the investigation was continuing, police said.

A short time before the crash, the vehicle -- which had been reported stolen -- was pursued briefly by deputies from the Lomita Station, but the chase was called off for safety reasons, according to the sheriff's department.

The bizarre string of crimes began with the stolen vehicle and then went into a pursuit before crashing into the homeless encampment.

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