Driver killed in pickup truck crash, Pennsylvania. state police – NBC10 Philadelphia

A driver died when a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle responding to an incident in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood crashed into a pickup truck early Friday morning, officials said.

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Pennsylvania State Police said troopers were heading south on Columbus Boulevard near Race Street Pier around 1:30 a.m. to assist with another incident when they collided with a pickup truck Mazda.

“A state agent was coming down, at a speed of 100 or 120 km/h, he was chasing someone,” said security guard Rashid Izzard, who witnessed the accident. “The truck came off this street right here and the state trooper ran into it – the truck overturned. The state trooper ran straight into the pole…it’s bad.”

A state police spokesperson, however, said the officers were participating in another incident and that reports that they were involved in a pursuit at the time of the crash were “inaccurate.”

The spokesperson also said the driver of the pickup truck — who was not involved in the incident officers were responding to — made an illegal left turn from the northbound lanes of Columbus Boulevard toward Race Street and then found himself in the path of the oncoming soldiers.

“The officers were unable to avoid the collision and struck the Mazda on the passenger side,” the spokesperson wrote.

The driver of that pickup truck, who was the only person in the vehicle, died, investigators said.

A witness’ video shows a soldier limping out of the vehicle – his airbags deployed – and being helped by other soldiers to get out of the wreckage. A second trooper could be seen exiting the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle. State police said both troopers were taken to Jefferson Hospital for treatment and then released.

Officers eventually stopped the pursued car near 2nd and Race streets, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Two people in the car were arrested, Philadelphia police said. It was clear what charges they could face.

A stretch of Columbus Boulevard was blocked off for hours while police investigated the deadly wreck.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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