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Texas police investigate deadly high-speed chase

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas police are investigating the deaths of two men involved in a high-speed pursuit that ended when their truck crashed into a concrete pillar and burst into flames.

The Houston Chronicle reports that authorities are working to identify the pair who died in Sunday’s accident in Houston and determine why they fled when an officer tried to make a traffic stop.

Houston Police spokesman Kese Smith says no innocent bystanders or officers were injured, and that in the end the suspects are responsible for their actions.

The newspaper’s 2016 analysis found that Houston saw 13 crashes because of police chases in 13 weeks, which left six people dead and nine injured.

Federal data shows that between 300 and 400 drivers, officers and bystanders die every year during police pursuits.

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