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MADISON, Ind. — Two people, including a high school student, were killed in a high-speed chase with police on Thursday afternoon.

Indiana State Police say just before 4 p.m., a Madison police officer tried to pull over a 2005 Toyota on State Road 7, but the car drove off, beginning the chase. 

State troopers and Jefferson County Sheriffs assisted with the chase, that ended when the car drove through a utility pole at the intersection of State Road 256 and Thompson Road.

The driver, 18-year-old Blake Coombs, had to be airlifted to a Louisville hospital in serious condition. Police say Coombs did not have a driver’s license.

Two passengers — 18-year-old Tyler Cooley, a student at Southwestern High School in Hanover, and 19-year-old Brooklyn James of Madison — were killed. 

State Road 256 was closed for nearly seven hours. 

WLKY says Southwestern’s homecoming dance, scheduled for Friday, has been canceled.

(PHOTO: Indiana State Police)