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Busy Des Moines intersection reopens after dangerous chase with stolen truck leads to a multi-vehicle crash

Des Moines police said the driver of the stolen pickup truck was thrown from the vehicle.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A multi-vehicle crash has blocked a busy Des Moines intersection Thursday afternoon. 

A chase between Des Moines police and a stolen pickup truck ended with a multi-vehicle wreck at a busy intersection Thursday afternoon. 

Officers said a pickup was reported stolen just before 3:00 p.m. on Des Moines' northwest side. They said the truck crashed into a utility pole near 44th Street and Hickman. 

They said the truck drove away before police spotted it down the road. They said the driver of the truck led police on a short chase, before the truck crashed into another vehicle at Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Hickman Road. 

Police said this crash started a chain reaction of wrecks involving five cars. 

Officers said the driver of the stolen truck was thrown from the vehicle. They said he and one other person was taken to the hospital, and weren't seriously hurt.

Des Moines police shared a photo of the crash scene.

Stay with Local 5 on this developing news story.