1 dead, 2 hurt after Sunday morning crash during police chase in southern Illinois

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PONTOON BEACH, Ill. (AP) — One man died and two other people were injured when a car that was being chased by police crashed early Sunday.

The Illinois State Police said Pontoon Beach Police officers were chasing a Mercury Grand Marquis on Illinois Route 111 when the car swerved to avoid spike strips and crashed into a tree around 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

Pontoon Beach is approximately 15 miles from St. Louis

A 36-year-old passenger was thrown from the car in the crash, and he died later at a hospital, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The driver tried to flee after the crash, but was arrested and taken to a hospital with serious injuries. A backseat passenger in the car had minor injuries, police said.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Pontoon Beach police were chasing the car.

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