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A 23-year-old Prince George's County police officer has been killed in a crash while pursuing a vehicle on Interstate 95 in Beltsville this afternoon.
The crash happened on southbound I-95 near the Powder Mill Road exit. Two officers were pursuing a vehicle that matched the description of a car involved in a theft. The driver of the police cruiser lost control and the car ran off the highway into a ditch.
Both officers were taken to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The Prince George's Police Chief says the officers followed protocol during the pursuit.
All southbound lanes on I-95 were closed initially, but have since been reopened.