San Bernardino

Stolen Taco Catering Truck Hits School Bus, Propane Tanker; 2 in Custody After Police-Involved Shooting

A pursuit of a stolen taco catering truck that struck a school bus packed with children and a propane tanker in a San Bernardino intersection ended with officers opening fire on the suspected thieves, before the suspects were taken into custody, police said.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m. with a chase of the catering truck on the 210 Freeway after officers received a report that the box truck had been stolen, according to the San Bernardino Police Department.

The chase made its way to Mill and L streets, where police say the truck drove onto the curb and sideswiped the school bus with 30 to 40 students aboard, then ran into the tanker in the intersection.

One of two men who fled from the truck allegedly made a threatening move, prompting police to open fire, but no one was struck, officials said. The men, identified by police as 20-year-old Sean Fowler and 22-year-old Daiquon Horne, were taken into custody and transported to the hospital for injuries they suffered during the crash.

No children were hurt as a result of the collision, police said. They were placed on another bus and taken one block down the street to Richardson PREP HI Middle School.

Carolina Garcia, the owner of the catering business Amapola Rico Taco, said the truck had been stolen at some point overnight, but she didn't find out until customers called in saying someone was driving the truck erratically.

"Don't steal a truck with a big logo on the side and... stay in the same city that the vehicle is from," Garcia said. "That wasn't very smart."

Laura Brogna, a witness, said she reported to police and the catering business that the truck had entered her property and hit her pickup truck in the early morning hours.

The security camera had recorded the box truck hours before Brogna saw the video later Monday morning. She thought the hit-and-run driver was long gone, but then she saw it outside down her street. She confronted the driver, but he took off, so she called the number advertised on the side.

Nyree Arabian contributed to this report.

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