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Man dies in fiery Capitol crash involving Gainesville pickup truck
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Forsyth County News

GAINESVILLE — A driver was killed in a fiery crash in Atlanta early Friday morning after authorities say he led Georgia Capitol Police on a chase.

The identity of the driver is unknown, but the pickup truck involved — a 2005 gray Ford F-150 — was registered to someone in Gainesville, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The truck was stolen from outside a Norfolk Southern building on Industrial Boulevard, according to Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook.

He said early reports indicate the suspect broke into the building and took the keys.

The pursuit of the truck in Atlanta began about 1 a.m. when an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop at Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Hill Jr. drives and the driver did not stop, Tracey Watson of the state patrol said.

The truck headed east on Memorial Drive, pursued by the police car with lights on and sirens activated, Watson said.

The truck struck a curb at the intersection of Moreland Avenue, traveled onto the grass and hit a metal sign, went into a parking lot and then headed south on Moreland before losing control at the intersection of Berne Street after passing a car in the right lane of Moreland.

The truck went across the northbound lanes before leaving the road and striking a tree head-on. The driver was trapped in the truck as it caught fire. No one else was injured.

Holbrook said Gainesville investigators are working with other agencies on the case.