2 killed in fiery crash on I-77 after fleeing from traffic stop in stolen SUV, police say

Two people were killed in a fiery crash on I-77 North near the Fleet Avenue exit Saturday after they fled police during a traffic stop.
Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 1:11 PM EST
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NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Two people were killed Saturday in a fiery crash on I-77 North after they allegedly fled police during a traffic stop.

The vehicle involved in the crash, an stolen Ford Explorer, was stopped by Cuyahoga Heights police and fled, according to a media release from Newburgh Heights police.

Seconds later, a photo enforcement camera clocked the SUV passing the Harvard Avenue interchange at about 105 miles per hour, the release said.

Police say the vehicle weaved through traffic, went off the right side of the road, broke through the guardrail, crashed into the Fleet Avenue bridge and burst into flames.

2 dead in fiery crash in Newburgh Heights
2 dead in fiery crash in Newburgh Heights(Source: WOIO)

When officers arrived they found two people in the SUV, but were not able to get them out due to heavy flames, according to the release.

The Newburgh Heights police chief has confirmed that two people died and said the crash is under investigation.

Police said the two people have not been identified.

During the investigation, authorities say they found two loaded firearms in the Explorer.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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