Turnpike Reopened After Fiery Fatal Crash

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FREMONT, Ohio -- A section of the Ohio Turnpike has reopened after two people died in a fiery crash Thursday night.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened near mile marker 89 in Rice Township around 7:18 p.m.

Police say the driver of a 2013 Infinity M56 was heading west on the Ohio Turnpike at a high rate of speed when the driver struck a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country in the rear.

The driver then ran off the right side of the road, and his car caught on fire just after he was able to get out.

The second car involved came to rest in the center lane where it caught fire with its driver and passenger still inside. Police say the two were unable to exit the vehicle. The identities of those victims are unknown at this time, according to police.

The driver of the Infinity was injured and taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo for treatment.

Interstate 80 westbound near mile marker 89 was shut down following the incident, but had reopened as of Friday morning.

Original police reports stated the accident happened following a police chase. Troopers Friday morning, however, said they are still investigating the circumstances prior to the crash.

It's not yet known if alcohol was a factor.

Police said any charges will be determined after the driver of the Infinity is released from the hospital.

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