Two people, police dog killed in York car-train crash following pursuit

(York, NE) -- A suspect, an innocent bystander and a police dog are dead following a pursuit in York, Nebraska.

The York County Sheriff's Office says around 11:00 Tuesday night, a deputy attempted to pull over the driver of an Ford F-150 that was driving erratically near Road H and Road 15 in York County. Investigators say the driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The sheriff's office says the truck eventually stopped near Road H and Road 18, about eight minutes after the chase began.

Investigators say the suspect then concealed his hands, told officers that he wanted to die and refused to respond to officer’s commands. The sheriff's office says the suspect then advanced toward the officers and took over the marked K-9 canine unit cruiser. After taking the cruiser, another chase ensued. Investigators say the suspect fled at a high rate of speed through York County and into the City of York. The stolen patrol vehicle then stopped at 19th Street and Delaware Avenue on the railroad tracks.

The sheriff's office says the suspect then got out of the vehicle and was standing outside the vehicle as a train was approaching. Investigators say the officers approached the suspect to try and regain control of the cruiser and to get the K-9 out of the vehicle, but officers say as they approached the suspect, he got back into the vehicle. Once back in the cruiser, the suspect headed north on Delaware, with the train blocking officers on the south side of the tracks.

Investigators say the suspect continued on towards 25th and Delaware before turning around and heading back towards the train at a high rate of speed. The sheriff's office say the suspect then struck the back of a vehicle waiting at the crossing, pushing the bystander's vehicle into the train. The suspect, the driver of the vehicle and the K9 officer were killed instantly.

No names have been released and the incident remains under investigation.

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