In St. Louis County, the driver of a Pontiac was killed and two of his passengers were hospitalized after their vehicle was T-boned by a Ford Explorer that was fleeing the scene of a minor traffic crash.
The fatal two-vehicle collision occurred at 12:30 p.m. at Branch Street and North Broadway near the Old North St. Louis neighborhood.
The victim was identified as Marcus Dorsey, age 53. The driver of the Explorer, who was treated for minor injuries and arrested, was not identified. His age was given as 41.
Officials said the driver of the Explorer had fled the scene of an earlier crash with a St. Louis City License Collector's vehicle one or two miles from the fatal crash. The driver of the city vehicle called 911 and followed the Explorer, police said.
Police suspect the driver of the Explorer was heading east on Branch Street and may have run a stop sign before smacking into the side of the northbound Pontiac at the intersection of North Broadway.
After the crash, the three occupants of the Pontiac were trapped and had to be removed using hydraulic rescue tools, said Captain Dan Sutter, press information office for the St. Louis Fire Department. The front seat passenger, a 62-year-old man, remained hospitalized late Thursday and was listed in critical condition with serious injuries. Another man, age 35, who had been sitting in a rear-seat, was listed in critical condition. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers collected video from nearby cameras that may have captured footage of the fatal crash.
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