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Driver strikes culvert and dies during vehicle pursuit with Linn Co. deputy

LINN COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash that started as a vehicle pursuit.

On Wednesday morning at 3:49, a deputy observed a Dodge Grand Caravan with no license plates that appeared to be "prowling" a residential area in Atkins, according to a news release from the county. Authorities said the driver then ran a stop sign.

The deputy tried to pull the minivan over for a traffic stop, however, the driver didn't stop.

The pursuit went south out of Atkins, then west on Highway 30, with speeds reaching 115 mph. The pursuit went south on Highway 21 into Belle Plaine, then east on 77th Street Drive.

The pursuit ended about 20 minutes later when authorities said the driver went off the road and struck a culvert on 77th Street Drive near 14th Avenue Drive in Benton County. The male driver was ejected from the minivan, while a female passenger was trapped inside, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was extricated from the minivan and flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City with what are believed to be serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies are not releasing the names of either occupant at this time. No other cars were invovled in the crash.

While Iowa State Patrol and Benton and Tama County deputies helped with the crash, they were not a part of the initial pursuit.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay with KWWL on-air and online for updates.

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