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Two dead in car that crashed into building

A Springfield Township police pursuit ended in with the fleeing vehicle crashing into a building early Friday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) A Springfield Township police pursuit ended in with the fleeing vehicle crashing into a building early Friday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
A police chase ended with the fleeing vehicle crashing into a building that collapsed. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) A police chase ended with the fleeing vehicle crashing into a building that collapsed. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
Rescue workers are trying to get into the collapsed building with a backhoe. (FOX19 NOW) Rescue workers are trying to get into the collapsed building with a backhoe. (FOX19 NOW)
SPRINGFIELD TWP, OH (FOX19) -

Two men were found dead inside a vehicle fleeing police that crashed into a West North Bend Road business early Friday, causing the building to collapse, authorities said.

The deaths were confirmed just before 8 a.m., hours after crews began trying to rescue the men from the rubbled remains of Finneytown Mower Sales & Services.

Police identified the driver as James Walker, 19, and Walker's passengers as Demarco S. Learly, 17, and Decter Hudson, 18. Both of Walker's passengers were pronounced dead on the scene.

The silver, 2000 Pontiac Firebird slammed into the building shortly after Springfield Township began chasing the car at 2:26 a.m. in the area of Daly Road and Meredith Drive. 

Officers said they saw the three male suspects breaking into cars on Meredith Drive, run through a backyard and hop into the Firebird.

The car took off.  After a brief pursuit, police said they lost sight of the Firebird. A few minutes later, they spotted it crashed into the business at 1067 W. North Bend Rd.

The building had collapsed around the vehicle with all three occupants still inside.

"We can't make it to the car because of the integrity of the building here," an officer told a dispatcher, according to a recording of radio traffic.

Walker was immediately taken into custody at gunpoint in the rear of the building at 2:47 a.m. 

He suffered injuries in the crash and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, police said.

Hamilton County Urban Search & Rescue unit responded and began trying to get into the building with a backhoe. 

Duke Energy also arrived and cut the structure's power.

Cincinnati police Lt. Kevin York said Springfield Township police asked Cincinnati's traffic unit to investigate the crash. 

The traffic unit investigates serious and fatal accidents.

The owner's daughter showed up at the scene about 6:30 a.m. 

She said this is the second time in the last two years a vehicle has crashed into the business they have operated since 1987.

The future of the business is now unclear, she said.

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