GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Memorial Drive and the intersection of Mall Drive was shut down in all directions after a crash involving robbery suspects Tuesday morning, according to the Greenville Police Department.
Officials said to avoid the area, if possible for the remainder of the day. Northbound lanes of Memorial Drive were open as of 2 p.m. Tuesday. Southbound lanes were opened at 4 p.m., according to Greenville Police. Mall Drive was still closed.
At approximately 9:45 Tuesday morning, a Greenville police officer was in the vicinity of Bank of America, located at 317 SE Greenville Boulevard, where he observed an individual rob a woman of her purse in the parking lot. The suspect was seen getting into a black sedan and fleeing the area.
The GPD officer followed the vehicle and observed it driving through the Overton’s parking lot and then traveling behind the Target shopping center before re-entering the westbound lanes of Greenville Boulevard and making a left turn onto Memorial Drive.
Officers were attempting to pursue the vehicle when it was observed crossing into oncoming traffic. The vehicle struck a silver pickup truck and a utility pole before coming to rest in the southbound lanes of Memorial Drive, near the intersection of Mall Drive.
All four individuals in the suspect vehicle were transported to Vidant Medical Center with significant injuries. The sole occupant of the silver truck was also transported with significant injuries.
Since the GPD officers were attempting to pursue the vehicle at the time of the crash, the department has requested the State Highway Patrol investigate the crash. The Greenville Police Department will be handling the robbery investigation.
Businesses on Memorial Drive, between Regency Boulevard and Greenville Boulevard, will likely be impacted for the next 6-7 hours as crews work to repair downed power lines and traffic signals.