One of the injured is the 16-year-old accused of stealing a car before colliding with other vehicles at 24th Street and Ridge Avenue.
Police said it was just after 8 p.m. Monday that two Highway Patrol officers were headed to a double shooting when they saw the 16-year-old driver of a silver Toyota run a red light and crash into a silver Mazda that was headed south on 24th.
The 24-year-old driver of the Mazda and his 19-year-old male passenger both suffered bumps and bruises. The 16-year-old was also injured.
They were taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment.
The driver of a Chevy SUV that was also struck was not injured.
"We're very lucky even though we have a 16-year-old and two others with minor injuries, it could have been a lot worse," said Small.
Police soon learned the Toyota had been stolen on the 1700 block of Cecil B Moore Avenue.
The owner of the stolen vehicle told police she had left her car running as she went into a convenience store for just a few seconds.
"You should never ever leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running. That's actually a crime. You can get a ticket that's called engine running. You can actually get a ticket for leaving your car engine running unattended," Small said.
Police said the 16-year-old driver faces a number of charges including stolen auto and reckless endangerment