Two killed in fiery I-77 crash after fleeing traffic stop, Newburgh Heights police say

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NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) — Two are dead after a single-vehicle crash on I-77 at Fleet Avenue in Newburgh Heights on Saturday afternoon.

The Newburgh Heights Police Department said they responded to the scene around 12:20 p.m. to help out Cuyahoga Heights officers who said the driver of a stolen Ford Explorer had left an attempted traffic stop.

The vehicle was reportedly traveling at up to 105 miles per hour and the driver was weaving through traffic trying to get away. The Explorer then broke through the guardrail on the right side of the road where it hit the Fleet Avenue Bridge and a fire broke out.

Officers tried to save two individuals from the vehicle but the flames were too much, police said. The two were determined to be dead at the scene and their identities are not known at this time.

Two firearms were also found in the vehicle, police said.

All northbound lanes were closed for much of the afternoon and traffic was being diverted to Harvard Avenue.

The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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