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Fiery Head-On Collision During Chase near Person-Durham County Line

TIMBERLAKE, North Carolina (WTVD) —
There’s been a fiery fatal head-on collision during a chase along U.S. Hwy 501 just south of Timberlake near the Person County-Durham County line.
Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed a burned-out vehicle on its side in the median just south of the NC Hwy 57 (Hillsborough Road) junction.
There was another SUV with severe front-end damage.
Heading to scene of fiery crash just over PersonCo line. #ABC11 eyewitness just sent us this picture. pic.twitter.com/a1FTbrzYn7
— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) April 3, 2017
Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said it all began when his officers were doing a safety checkpoint in the area of Foushee Street and Garret Street. A vehicle made a U-turn about 500 yards away and left the area.
Police put out a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) for the vehicle, but Hess said his officers did not give chase.
Person County sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen car with a wanted person inside and were following it when the crash happened. Witnesses said the car was driving erratically before the collision in the northbound lanes.
“Our hearts are heavy for the loss of life today in this tragic police chase,” Chief Hess said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and deputies involved in this horrific tragedy. Anytime someone chooses to flee the danger increases. Simply complying with the traffic laws may have allowed this incident not to occur. This is a tragic loss of life.”
The dead person has not been identified.
The southbound lanes are closed while investigators work the scene.
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