“It looked like some fast and furious stuff” – 4 car crash in New Orleans East

NEW ORLEANS – Mason Stewart knows he’s lucky.

“I got a little shrapnel, but not that bad,” Stewart said.

Stewart was standing in the middle near the intersection of Chef Highway and Downman Road on Tuesday, when a multi-car crash could have killed him.

“All I saw was a truck on top of me and I sped up and ran as fast as I could,” Stewart said.

The surveillance video shows this happening. A white truck crosses Chef’s Highway when a blue SUV speeds through the red light at the intersection, with police apparently chasing after it.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, NOPD called it a “potential car chase.” The video and Stewart refer to an actual car chase.

“He must have been going 90 miles an hour or more, coming off the bridge trying to escape the cops,” Stewart said.

The SUV collided with the truck, tipping it over, causing it to collide with other vehicles in the process.

“It looked like some ‘fast and furious’ things the way his truck looked,” Stewart said.

Moments ago, Stewart was standing where the truck had landed.

“If I didn’t hear the initial impact and I turned and looked, I’d be under that truck right now,” Stewart said. “I don’t even think I’ll be alive to be honest with you.”

Police have not released any details about the incident or the apparent stalking, which under the department’s approval decree requires approval. Eyewitnesses say the man who was driving the SUV was handcuffed and carried away. The police did not recognize him.

“The cops were already on the blue SUV and their weapons were pulled, like going down on the ground,” Stewart said.

This surveillance video shows the driver of the white truck, apparently injured, crawling through his front fender.

“He was crying, screaming, rolling over in grief,” Stewart said.

Police said four people were injured and taken to hospital, but they had no information on the extent of their injuries. Stewart says he’s grateful that no one was killed and one person’s frustration at ignoring others.

“He almost hit an old lady with her grandchildren, and a few other people with their kids in their cars,” Stewart said. “It put a lot of people’s lives on the line.”

The NOPD’s Office of Public Integrity is now reviewing to determine whether all relevant officers followed appropriate protocol.

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