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Two men dead after police pursuit in Prince William County

A Virginia State Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle for traveling at a high rate of speed just before it lost control on the exit ramp and caught fire.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Virginia State Police are investigating a double fatal crash that occurred Sunday morning around 3:45 a.m. on I-95 near Route 123. 

Officials say a Virginia State Trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop when they observed a Dodge Charger traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. 

The trooper activated his emergency lights and siren for the traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over. 

Instead, the driver of the charger sped off south on I-95 and then took the exit on to Route 123 in Prince William County. 

The driver of the Charger lost control on the ramp and ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a wall. 

The vehicle continued up the cement wall and struck the bottom of the overpass for the I-95 express lanes. 

The impact of the crash caused the car to burst into flames. 

Troopers ran to the vehicle to pull the driver and passenger just before it became engulfed in flames. 

Unfortunately, neither the driver nor passenger survived the crash. They were pronounced at the scene. 

State Police have not yet identified the driver or passenger pending notification of the next of kin. 

Officials say a bag of a white powdery substance was found with the men at the scene. 

The pursuit and crash is under investigation. 

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