A serious injury crash occurred in Cridersville Tuesday evening.
According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it all started on I-75 when the Findlay Dispatch Center received a call about several vehicles driving recklessly in the southbound lanes.
A trooper located one of the vehicles and conducted a traffic stop.
When the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver fled and a pursuit was intiated, which lasted about 20 minutes and was terminated when troopers lost sight of the vehicle.
It was later determined that the vehicle ended up on South Main Street in the Auglaize County village and was travelling at a high rate of speed before the driver lost control.
The 2020 Land Rover went off the road where it struck a tree and two parked cars before coming to rest in the roadway where it caught on fire.
Debris from the crash struck an additional vehicle and a business.
The identities of the occupants are unknown at this time due to the extent of their injuries.
The driver and a front passenger were transported to St. Rita’s Hospital by Cridersville EMS.
A third occupant fled the scene with a large suitcase and remains at large.
The crash remains under investigation at this time.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Shawnee Township Police Department, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Cridersville Police Department, and the Cridersville Fire Department and EMS.