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Patrol: St. Charles County crash victims badly burned, slowing effort to ID them

Patrol: St. Charles County crash victims badly burned, slowing effort to ID them

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Fatal crash in St. Charles County

The wreckage of a car involved in a fatal crash is shown in St. Charles County on Monday, April 6, 2020. Photo from KTVI.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY — At least two of three people who died in a car crash following a police pursuit have not been identified by investigators because their bodies were burned beyond recognition, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Wednesday. 

A fourth person who was injured in the crash Monday is not cooperating with investigators, the patrol said. 

A trooper tried to pull over a car speeding southbound on Highway 61 north of Troy but ended the pursuit before entering the city limits.

A Troy officer saw the car passing others on the shoulder and weaving in and out of traffic at speeds exceeding 130 mph, police said. The officer chased the car into St. Charles County.

Near the exit for Interstate 70, the car lost control and hit a guard rail before bursting into flames. Three occupants died at the scene and one was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

The highway patrol has said it will identify the people killed in the crash as soon as the information is available, but identifying the bodies has been challenging because they were burned. No family has come forward to claim them, officials said.

"The vehicle rolled several times and then caught on fire," Cpl. Dallas Thompson said Wednesday. "We've not been able to use fingerprints."

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