Two people are hospitalized after being involved in a major crash on Route 6 Tuesday evening.
The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. eastbound near the Hartford Avenue exit on the Johnston line.
According to Johnston police, the crash resulted from a police pursuit that began when the driver attempted to flee after being pulled over.
Police said the driver initially pulled over but fled at a high rate of speed while the officer attempted to conduct procedural checks. When the officer followed the car into Providence, the driver attempted to take the off-ramp at the Hartford Avenue exit when he lost control of the car and struck a guardrail.
The two victims have been confirmed by state police as the driver and passenger of the vehicle. Both are local men in their mid-40s.
One was thrown from the vehicle during the crash, while the other had to be extricated by emergency crews. Both men suffered serious injuries and were taken to Rhode Island Hospital.
It is not known at this time what charges the men could face.
Traffic was backed up in the area as police and fire officials cleared the scene.
Johnston police are conducting a joint investigation with the Rhode Island State Police on the incident.