NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two people were killed Wednesday night (March 20) after a car that police had tried to stop sped off and slammed into a beauty salon in Central City, setting it on fire.
According to NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson, officers tried to stop the car - which they believed was stolen - just after 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Derbigny and Toledano streets. When the car began to take off, Ferguson said his officers made the decision “not to engage” and deactivated their lights.
The car traveled to the corner of Washington Avenue and S. White Street, hitting several parked cars along the way before it burst into flames and set the building on fire.
The crash killed at least two of the car’s occupants. NOPD initially reported that a customer who was inside the salon had also died, but they later stated that she was alive and being treated for serious injuries at a local hospital.
Two children and a woman were rescued from the building according to NOPD. Two police officers were hospitalized for smoke-related injuries and one firefighter was treated at the scene.
Ferguson said the investigation is still in its early stages and no additional details were immediately available.