BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) -- Four people are dead following a crash during a high-speed chase on Interstate 10 in Baldwin County Monday.
Sheriff Hoss Mack said a Baldwin County deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-10 eastbound just east of Loxley. The suspect refused to stop and the deputy chased the vehicle to the Wilcox Road exit where the suspect got off the interstate and then got back on I-10 westbound.
"The suspect vehicle did explode and was engulfed in flames," Sheriff Mack said.
The chase continued on I-10 westbound until the suspect exited at the Baldwin Beach Express. Deputies said the suspected drove south on the Beach Express for a bit, made a U-turn, and reentered I-10 westbound.
"These people ran from us," Sheriff Mack said. "They’re the ones that caused all this and we were the ones trying to render the situation safe."
Investigators said the chase continued on I-10 westbound for a mile and a half and then the suspect made a U-turn and started driving in the wrong direction. Sheriff Mack said the suspect was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes when it crashed head-on with another vehicle on I-10 around 1:30 p.m.
Investigators said suspect's vehicle rolled over and burst into flames on impact and all three people inside were killed. Two victims were in the innocent car that was struck. The passenger in that vehicle died at the scene and the driver was flown to University Hospital in Mobile for treatment. There are no details about that person's condition.
No identities have been released, but Sheriff Mack said both vehicles had license plates from out of state.
Westbound I-10 was closed for more than four hours while officials investigated the crash and cleaned up the scene.