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2 dead in Cleveland after a car is torn in half in a violent, high-speed crash on East 131 Street

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Posted at 6:14 AM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 08:02:39-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating a deadly crash that killed two people after the car they were in crashed into an old fire station early Friday morning.

Police and witnesses said that the car was heading westbound along Bartlett Avenue at a high-rate of speed when the driver failed to stop at the intersection of East 131st Street.

The car didn't appear to have left any skid marks and struck two poles before hitting the old Cleveland Fire Station 36.

A 30-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not been released. A third person, a 40-year-old man in the car, was transported by Cleveland EMS in critical condition.

The crash was so violent that it tore the car in half leaving the rear section wrapped around a utility pole and the front half of the car resting against the old fire station a few feet away from the rear half.

East 131st Street was closed for hours while police worked to try and recreate the crash in hopes of making sense of what occurred leading up to the violent crash.

No other cars are believed to have been involved in the crash.