- Associated Press - Sunday, January 22, 2017

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Authorities say two passengers were killed after a speeding driver tried to flee a traffic stop in Sterling and crashed into a tree.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that the crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The statement says the vehicle burst into flames after hitting the tree. A deputy pulled the driver out but two passengers died on the scene.

The driver was identified as 25-year-old David Brown of Ashburn. He’s been charged with reckless driving, and police say more charges are likely.

The sheriff’s office says Brown went through a red light while trying to get away from the deputy, who momentarily lost sight of the vehicle before the crash.

Authorities will identify the passengers after their relatives are notified.

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