A man has died and woman remains in a critical condition after their car crashed on the A50 during a police pursuit.
The fatal crash happened near Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, at just after 6.15am this morning.
It is understood the mans car crashed into another vehicle on the eastbound carriageway between Baths Road and Trentham Road, in Staffordshire.
He died at the scene while the woman, who was travelling with him, was taken to hospital.
She remains in a critical condition.
The car was being chased by police at the time of the collision after failing to stop, a spokesman confirmed.
Police closed both sides of the A50 after the crash, saying they hoped to keep disruption to a minimum.
Two people who were in the second car involved in the crash suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital as a precaution, medics said.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
He added: We would ask for any member of the public with information about the incident to call 101 quoting incident number 177 of April 15.
Our teams will work as swiftly as possible to keep disruption to a minimum.
The vehicle involved in the collision was being pursued by police officers for failing to stop prior to the incident occurring.
Due to our involvement before the collision, we have voluntarily referred ourselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Carriageway is expected to remain closed throughout the morning for collision investigation works. Local diversion in place. https://t.co/ZqvKN1ze2v
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A spokesperson for the Independent Office for Police Conduct said: We were notified by Staffordshire Police about this incident earlier today and have deployed investigators to the scene and the police post-incident procedure to assess the level, if any, of our involvement.
Highways England said it expected the A50 to remain closed in both directions throughout the day as police continue to investigate the scene.