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Two Children Injured In Frightening Antioch Crash

ANTIOCH (CBS SF) -- A man driving a stolen pickup caused a nasty injury crash that hurt two children on Somersville Road at Highway 4 in Antioch Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.

The crash was reported at 12:54 p.m. in the area of Somersville Road and Delta Fair Boulevard.

The incident started when a Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy spotted the stolen truck and followed it.

Witnesses said the driver of the suspect floored it as he exited Highway 4.

"When they were coming down the freeway, it looked like just his lights were on, and you didn't here screeching or anything. All you heard was an atomic boom," said witness Paula Richardson. "The whole gray truck went up on its side and debris flew all over, it exploded all over the place."

Antioch police said they responded to assist sheriff's deputies in the crash, which prompted the closure of Somersville Road in both directions as well as the eastbound state Highway 4 off-ramp to Somersville Road.

Two small children among those injured. The children were inside a gray pick-up.

The passenger side of that truck was completely caved in on impact.

The Sheriff's Department handled the crash with assistance from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection.

The 23-year-old suspect was also taken to the hospital.

His name is not being released yet.

Witnesses said the children hurt appeared to be seriously hurt.

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