Two injured in fiery single-vehicle crash following police pursuit

Two people suffered major injuries when their Mercedes burst into flames in a crash Monday night in a short police pursuit in the Canyon Country area, officials said. 

California Highway Patrol officers initially tried to stop the car near Sierra Highway after noticing its headlights were not on and those inside the car appeared to be casing houses. 

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The driver failed to stop and led police on a short pursuit that ended when the car crashed into a light post, flipped over and burst into flames in the area of Sierra Highway and Vasquez Canyon Road, CHP said. 

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An officer put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but the two occupants remained trapped in the car with "major injuries," officials said. 

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel freed the occupants from the car. They were airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition.