ST. LOUIS – Two people died and three others were injured on Thursday in a multi-car crash in Dutchtown in south St. Louis.

According to Sgt. Charles Wall, a spokesman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the crash happened near the intersection of South Grand Boulevard and Taft Avenue.

Police said eight vehicles were involved in the crash. Wall said EMS and firefighters also responded to the scene.

A black Jeep had collided with the other seven cars and been flipped on its side. There were six passengers in the Jeep. Three were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment, according to the police. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, and one man fled the scene.

The ages of the passengers in the Jeep are unknown at this time.

The Accident Reconstruction Unit is collecting evidence of glass and debris on the scene. The traffic is closed off while the police are investigating the accident.

There have been more than a dozen crashes along Grand, north, and south in the last few months, with some of them deadly. It is a known problem spot for speeding.

The cause of the crash is unknown, and the investigation is still ongoing, Wall said.