OSCEOLA, Ark. — A police chase reportedly ended with a car crashing into an Osceola, Arkansas, school.
According to Osceola Police, officers began pursuing a suspect late Friday evening. Police say that while evading officers, the suspect crashed into Osceola Middle School and damaged a classroom.
One person was reportedly hospitalized following the crash.
Osceola Police did not provide details on where or why the pursuit began. Police say the crash is still under investigation.
“It sounded like a bomb had went off. Like a real loud shotgun,” said Osceola resident Jermaine Davis. “I was in shock at first because I’m standing here like this just happened. Like didn’t nobody expect that.”
Neighbor Tammy McCanless says the impact of the car hitting the school made their house shake.
“I said ‘That sounds like somebody done got shot or there was a wreck,’ because it wasn’t even a second I heard sirens coming,” McCanless said.
The Osceola School District released a statement on the incident Friday night, saying in part that the school will be open Monday and class will be held.
“We regret to inform you that our school (Osceola Middle School) recently experienced damages due to a car involved in a police chase ending in a car crash. However, we are committed to ensuring that OMS will be open and classes will proceed as planned. We are actively addressing the situation and taking necessary measures to restore the affected areas. Your support during this time is greatly appreciated as we work together to maintain the school’s vibrant community.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”Osceola School District Superintendent Dr. Torian Green