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One Dead, Building up in Flames After Crash

WILLIAMSPORT — The coroner confirmed one person is dead after a fiery crash in Williamsport Sunday evening.

State police said a Williamsport police cruiser and another vehicle collided in the area of East Third and Railway Streets. The civilian vehicle then hit a utility pole, went into a building and caught fire, which caused the building to go up in flames. The driver, James Robinson, 42, died at the scene.

The police cruiser which crashed into a fence was damaged, Williamsport officials say the officer was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The crash damaged utility lines, leaving more than 500 homes and businesses without power.

Shortly before the crash on East Third, Williamsport Police were involved in a chase in another part of the city that resulted in a driver crashing into a tree.

Police have not released that driver’s name or what charges he is facing, but officials say they expect the driver to be arraigned early Monday morning.

Officials say the police cruiser involved in the fatal crash may have been headed to assist at the scene of the other crash when the deadly wreck happened, but could not confirm that with certainty.

State Police have been called in to assist with the investigation in Williamsport.

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