BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A crash on 20th Street Ensley killed one person this evening. Police have not released the victim’s identity.
Witnesses on the scene said the car was going very fast when it left the road and struck a tree then a telephone pole.
According to a release from Birmingham Police, officers observed a vehicle speeding in the Pratt City area, and later saw it again near 20th Street and Avenue T when they attempted to make a stop by activating their emergency lights. The vehicle then sped away, continuing down 20th Street.
Officers later saw a cloud of smoke from the direction where the car was headed, and headed to investigate to find that the vehicle was involved in a single vehicle wreck at the intersection of 20th Street and Avenue I. Officers called for rescue personnel, which pronounced the driver dead at the scene.
According to the release, police found two different identifications in the vehicle, neither of which matched the victim. Police state that the vehicle driven by the victim was reported stolen out of Birmingham on Dec. 28.
We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.