LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One person is dead and another person is in critical condition after a crash on the Gene Snyder Freeway.
It happened just after 4:30 Friday morning in the eastbound lanes of the Snyder/265 at the Smyrna exit ramp, number 14.
It originally started as a police chase on a different road.
"We had a 7th division officer who apparently had a vehicle cut in front of him at a high rate of speed on the Outer Loop," said LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley.
"The vehicle increased speed until it got to the point where the officer actually lost sight of them," Smiley said.
The officer then turned off his lights and went back to normal patrol duty.
"It would have been dangerous for the officer as well as others to continue going at a high rate of speed," Smiley said. "In fact, the officer estimated that when he lost sight of the vehicle at that point, they had been going well over 80 miles per hour."
But the car was spotted a short time later, as the driver continued his destructive path when he apparently tried to cut a driver in another car, this time on the Gene Snyder.
"A second witness saw the vehicle and said that he apparently cut him off as well attempting to exit at the Smyrna Parkway," Smiley said. "Once officers got at the scene, they realized it was the same vehicle officers had seen earlier at the Outer Loop," Smiley said.
Moments after that, the light colored Mitsubishi Eclipse took that exit at a high rate of speed, which caused the driver to lose control.
"The vehicle flipped several times and ended up landing in a culvert," Smiley said. "The driver was ejected and landed about 25 feet from the vehicle."
The driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition with "life threatening injuries."
A passenger in the car who had his seat belt on was not ejected from the car, Smiley said, but died at the scene. Police say they smelled alcohol on both men.
The Jefferson County Coroner's office has identified the passenger as Trevor Harris, 23, of Louisville. He died from multiple blunt force injuries.
Harris was less than a mile from his home on Toebbe Lane when the crash happened.
The ramp was closed for about four hours while investigators cleared the scene.
Police later report finding several alcohol containers in the car. It isn't clear if that's the reason the pair were avoiding police. The investigation continues, and the driver of the car will face several charges if he recovers.