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4 dead, several injured in wreck following pursuit

The suspect car was being chased by Monroe County Sheriff's deputies before the crash occurred

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. — A vehicle escaping from deputies crashed in Butts County leaving four people dead on Friday evening. 

Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said the pursuit began when Monroe County deputies attempted to stop a car on I-75 - but the driver refused to pull over. Monroe County deputies eventually stopped the chase when they lost the vehicle and put out an alert to law enforcement in the area.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a Butts County Sheriff's deputy was the next to spot the vehicle. But it ended up crashing before the deputy was ever able to catch up.

Four people traveling westbound on Ga. Highway 36 were struck by the fleeing vehicle at around 5:30 p.m., killing two, Long said. 

Two elderly women were dead and two people in the car of the fleeing suspect also died. The driver of the suspect's car is in critical condition. 

The Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is now taking over the crash investigation.

Return to 11Alive.com on this developing story. 

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