Police: Rolling gun battle leads to fatal crash on I-70


by Caroline Hilton / KMOV.com


Posted on July 22, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 7:00 AM

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NORTH CITY (KMOV) -- St. Louis Police continue to investigate a rolling gun battle that led to a fatal accident on Interstate 70 early Sunday morning.

Police said a gun battle between two vehicles erupted close to a gas station on Goodfellow and Natural Bridge around 3 a.m.

One of the vehicles involved attempted to evade the gunshots and headed toward the Interstate 70 entrance ramp at Goodfellow.

Witnesses reported that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, went airborne, and hit a guardrail as it attempted to enter the highway.

At least one person was ejected from the vehicle and thrown onto the highway upon impact. One occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers were transported to the hospital, one of them in critical conditon.

An assault rifle was recovered on the higway near the victim.

A small portion of eastbound I-70 was shutdown until 8:20 a.m. while accident reconstruction crews were are on the scene.

Police are actively searching for the other vehicle involved in the crash.