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Updated Oct 19, 2012 - 10:41 am

1 dead, 18 found inside truck after crash in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. — An overnight police car chase in Mesa led to a deadly crash that left one man dead and several others injured early Friday.

Mesa police found 18 people in a truck after
the driver died upon crashing the vehicle at Country Club Drive and Baseline Road.

At about 12:30 a.m. an officer saw the pickup driving erratically near Power Road and Southern Avenue. When the officer tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver sped off.

The driver sped through city streets and onto U.S. 60 before missing a turn,
which led to the crash.

Police spokesman Steve Berry said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are determining whether any of the passengers are in the country illegally.

The intersection was closed for several hours, reopening around 8 a.m.

KTAR’s Aaron Granillo contributed to this article.


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