Two killed in fiery crash after police try to pull them over in Madison County

Two people were killed on Illinois 3 on Wednesday morning in a fiery crash after police attempted to pull them over.

Police responded to Pink Slip Nightclub in Brooklyn for a call that a person in the alleyway was displaying a large weapon, Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said.

When a Brooklyn Police officer arrived about 3 a.m., he started talking to a group of people in the alley, Dye said. As they were talking, a black Nissan truck drove away from the area. A person in the crowd told the officer the driver was the one who had the weapon.

The officer drove after the truck on IL 3 near Venice and turned on his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, Dye said. The truck sped up away from the officer. A man was driving and a woman was in the passenger seat, Dye said.

As the driver drove away, the truck crashed, flipped over and burst into flames near East Broadway and the McKinley Bridge.

Both people in the truck were killed in the crash. Dye said they had not been identified as of noon Wednesday.

The road remained closed until about 9:40 a.m.

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Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6