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2 dead, 4 injured in car crash on South Grand Thursday afternoon

Three people were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

ST. LOUIS — Two people were killed, and four others were injured in a crash on South Grand Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

At around 2:18 p.m., police responded to the scene in the 4600 block of South Grand near the intersection of Taft Avenue.

Police said a Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling at a high rate of speed on South Grand when it rear-ended a Nissan Pathfinder. The crash caused the Nissan to hit a parked tractor-trailer and another parked car, according to a police report.

The Jeep rolled over several times for nearly a block, police said, and crashed into several parked cars. Police said a witness saw a man, who they believe was the driver of the Jeep, run away from the scene after the crash.

"We don't have any idea how it started or have a picture of what happened and that's why accident reconstruction is still investigating it right now, " Lieutenant Joseph Lankford said on Thursday.

Two passengers in the Jeep were pronounced dead at the scene. On Nov. 7, police identified the victims as 17-year-old Markquell Jackson and 18-year-old Carlton Williams.

Three other passengers in the Jeep were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police said the driver of the Nissan suffered minor injuries in the crash.

"It's terrible," said 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn.

Alderman Cohn and other community leaders said in recent months multiple car crashes have occurred along the stretch of South Grand.

They also say speeding in an ongoing problem. 

"Police are aware of the data. We don't need to continue to just like dump money into more traffic studies. We need enforcement. It's a complete disregard for other people's safety," said Alderman Cohn.

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