Juvenile suspect in custody after 3-car fire, caused by crash in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A minor is now in custody after a three-vehicle accident occurred on the Northwest side of Springfield on June 3, 2020.

The crash happened near Warren and Phelps around 9 a.m.

Springfield Police say they believe the suspect was speeding when he hit railroad tracks and went airborne. The impact of the vehicle landing made the gas tank explode.

The suspect then lost control and crashed into a parked truck and car, all three vehicles then burst into flames.

An employee at the Paul Muller building heard the crash, came outside and confronted the suspect. The suspect then pointed a silver handgun at the employee and fled the scene on foot.

Charles, a witness, shared what he saw.

“I heard a screech, looked over, car passes me in the air, hits and whoever is driving overcorrects it,” said Charles. “And they skipped that curb right there, hit that bench and could have went out there they hit this truck instead. My condolences to your father’s truck man.”

No one was in the other two vehicle at the time of the accident and no injuries have been reported.

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