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Two dead after police chase, crash in northeast Richland County

Richland County deputies say they were involved in a pursuit that ended in a crash.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two people are dead after state troopers say a police chase ended with an SUV running into a cement truck in northeast Richland County Monday afternoon.

The incident happened around 1:15 p.m. along Screaming Eagle Road between Percival Road and Highway Church Road. 

Richland County deputies say they were involved in a pursuit that started at Bluebird Lane and ended on Screaming Eagle Road

State troopers say the vehicle involved, a Ford Escape, then a cement truck that was traveling in the other lane head on. Both the driver and passenger in the SUV died.

In an update Tuesday afternoon, The Richland COunty Sheriff's Office gave more information about the pursuit. 

According to the report, on Monday, deputies were conducting routine patrols on Blue Bird Lane when they saw a vehicle that was spray painted to hide expired tags. 

According to RCSD, when the subjects of the vehicle saw the deputy, they fled while throwing what deputies believe were narcotics out of the car. 

Deputies initiated blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. According to the report, the driver led deputies on a chase through Northeast Richland County and intentionally hit a deputy driving a marked patrol vehicle multiple times.

The driver turned onto Screaming Eagle Rd. and while driving into oncoming traffic, struck a cement truck. Deputies were able to remove the driver of the truck and get him to safety. The subjects vehicle caught fire. After deputies were able to extinguish the fire, they attempted to render aid but the subjects died at the scene. 

According to RCSD, the vehicle was stolen from Camden and the SOuth Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating. 

The driver of the cement truck was taken to a hospital in Columbia for treatment. The extent of those injuries is unclear.