1 dead after Clayton County chase involving stolen U-Haul ends in crash

The chase took place on three major highways in metro Atlanta.

The chase took place on three major highways in metro Atlanta.

One person was killed Wednesday afternoon when a chase involving a Clayton County deputy and a stolen U-Haul truck ended in a crash, officials said.

The sheriff’s deputy chased the stolen vehicle on three major highways in metro Atlanta, according to the Georgia State Patrol, which was called in to investigate the fatal wreck.

It’s not clear what prompted the pursuit, but the incident began on I-75 northbound near Jonesboro Road and continued onto the outer loop of I-285, the GSP said in a statement.

The driver of the U-Haul hit several vehicles on I-285 while trying to elude the deputy, the GSP said. It then pulled off on the exit ramp to I-675 southbound, officials said.

The deputy attempted a PIT maneuver on the U-Haul to disable it, the GSP said. The truck then ran off the road and hit a tree.

The U-Haul driver was taken to a hospital and a passenger was declared dead at the scene, officials said.

An investigation is ongoing.

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