ASHLAND COUNTY -- A 27-year-old West Salem man is dead after he lost control of his car while trying to flee police.

The Ashland Post of the Highway Patrol says the Ashland police initiated the pursuit in downtown Ashland following a traffic violation.

The pursuit went from US 250 eastbound onto SR 89 northbound where the driver being pursued went off the right side of the road and hit a tree. The car he was driving burst into flames following impact and the driver died at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.