A chase involving a stolen church van ended with a crash through a fence.

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Masked Robbery Suspects Arrested After Stolen Church Van Crashes Into NJ TRANSIT Bus In Newark

July 20, 2018 - 6:23 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two men were arrested Friday after they crashed into a commuter bus in a stolen church van while being pursued following a crime spree in Newark.

The NJ TRANSIT bus was headed to Newark Penn Station when it was struck just after 2 a.m. Friday. Police say the driver and nine passengers were not seriously injured.

Police say two masked suspects in the van had robbed two people at gunpoint within five minutes of each other in Newark around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. A third person was robbed around 1:15 a.m. Friday.

Maplewood police chased the vehicle into Newark just after 2 a.m. and a Maplewood patrol car crashed into another vehicle.

The Essex County Sheriff's Department continued the pursuit and the van hit the bus.