SAN FRANCISCO -- Two people died early Wednesday morning after crashing on an Interstate 80 offramp following a high-speed pursuit from Oakland to San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The chase began in Oakland around 3 a.m. and eventually made its way over the Bay Bridge, where it exceeded speeds of 100 mph, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said. The male driver of a reportedly stolen BMW that led the chase was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.

The passenger was trapped and burned beyond recognition when flames engulfed the car, Wilkenfeld said. The gender of the passenger has not been determined, he said.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office removed the bodies around 7:45 a.m., according to Wilkenfeld. They have not been identified.

The incident began early Wednesday, when a CHP officer spotted a BMW 323 in Oakland near the post office at Seventh Street, Wilkenfeld said. The officer ran the license plate, which showed the car stolen out of San Francisco on June 23.

The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver merged onto westbound Interstate 80 and began traveling about 50 mph through the toll plaza, Wilkenfeld said.

Once on the bridge, the BMW accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The CHP pursued the vehicle.


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Once over the bridge, the BMW attempted to take the Fifth Street offramp in San Francisco at a high rate of speed and collided with a wall, Wilkenfeld said.

The incident is under investigation. The CHP reopened the ramp at about 9:15 a.m.

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