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Man dies in Derby police chase crash

Angela Verdun's damaged house
Image caption One witness said he heard a car "screaming past" his house

A passenger has died after a car hit a central reservation and a lamp-post in a police chase.

Derbyshire Police said officers were following the car on the A6 London Road, near Alvaston Park, Derby, at 23:30 BST on Monday.

A man in his 20s died at the scene while the driver was taken to hospital, where he is in a stable condition.

The force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The crash also resulted in the garden wall of a house being destroyed.

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Image caption Angela Verdun said she heard a "blast-type of bang"

Angela Verdun, who lives in the house, said: "I was in the back... and there was a very loud bang, almost like a blast-type of bang... and then it was instantly followed by police sirens."

Ms Verdun added that she has had to temporarily leave her home because the impact caused a gas leak.

Another eyewitness said: "I heard a car screaming past our house last night followed by a very fast police car. Then for the next hour, various sirens and blue flashing lights passing."

Image caption Ms Verdun has been evacuated from her home because of a gas leak

Part of the A6, between Wisgreaves Road and Haig Street, was closed for about nine hours but has since reopened.

Derbyshire Police confirmed the car had "collided with a central reservation and lamp-post".

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information has been asked to contact the force.

The IPCC said it has begun an investigation and inquiries are continuing.

Image caption There was a nine-hour road closure following the crash

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