By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A horrific crash has left four people dead in Westminster, at Route 31 and Old New Windsor Pike.

Ava-joye Burnett reports that it was around 2 p.m. when a deputy on an unrelated call was going in one direction on Route 31 when he saw a vehicle going in the opposite direction toward Westminster. The vehicle was allegedly traveling so fast the the officer turned around to follow it.

Police say the vehicle, an Infiniti, was clocked going more than 100 miles per hour. But once the officer caught up with it, it was too late.

“As he came back up 31 in an attempt to locate the vehicle, he saw a collision, a major collision, that had occurred in the area,” says Captain John Light of the Carroll Count Sheriff’s Department.

Carroll County Sherriff’s office says the suspect car was initially going eastbound alongside another car, when the two collided. The suspect car then lost control and struck another vehicle, the Mercury Cougar, head on.

Police say the suspect vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, and the Cougar had crashed off the roadway into a ditch.

Crash investigators say there were three people in the Mercury Cougar. The driver of the Infiniti, and the three people inside the Cougar all died.

Two people were inside the first car that was struck, but no one in that vehicle was injured. Roads were closed for several hours, but have been reopened.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation. They did not release identities on Tuesday.

Police ask any witnesses who saw the Infiniti at all, or witnessed the crash, to call 410-386-5900.

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