Deputies following car when it crashed, burst into flames in west Louisville

Deputies following car when it crashed, burst into flames in west Louisville
The crash caused extensive damage, including downed power lines. (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News)
The crash caused extensive damage, including downed power lines. (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department were following a vehicle when it rolled over, crashed into an electrical pole and burst into flames early Tuesday morning, the sheriff, Col. John Aubrey, said.

The incident was reported as an injury accident in the area of 35th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard at 5:35 a.m.

Lt. Col. Carl Yates said the driver left the scene on foot. His whereabouts are unknown, but he is believed to have suffered injuries from the impact of the crash.

Yates said deputies spotted the car running a light at a speed in excess of 75 miles per hour. They turned around and began following the vehicle, but they never got close enough to read its license plate.

Yates said the crash, which occurred at approximately 100 miles per hour, caused extensive damage, including downed power lines. The LG&E power outage map showed about 25 homes were without electricity in the area of the crash.

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The scene of the crash was near Whitney Young Elementary School, but the school did not lose power. Classes were held as scheduled.

Yates said there was no danger to neighbors, but police will continue looking for the driver.

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