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Crime spree link to Melbourne road deaths

Two men are dead following a short police pursuit in Melbourne linked to an earlier crime spree.

Police tried to stop a black Toyota Kluger at Preston just after 10pm on Tuesday, but the car crashed with a truck, which then hit a stationary Audi.

The two men in the Kluger died as a result of the crash, while the truck driver and a 61-year-old man from the second car were taken to hospital for observation.

Police say the crash is linked to an earlier home invasion at a St Albans home where two cars, a white Mitsubishi Triton and a Volkswagen Golf were stolen.

Officers found the Triton at a Sunshine hotel car park about 7.45pm and it is believed people from inside that car then left in the Kluger.

Police monitored the Kluger and three people got out at a Sunshine petrol station, with two of them nabbed.

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius told reporters on Wednesday the two arrested people did not answer any police questions, including the identities of those later killed, and have been released pending further investigations.

After the people got out, the Kluger continued to drive and police released stop sticks on the Western Ring Road, bursting two tyres, but the car kept going.

"It started to engage in serious, erratic and high-risk driving," Mr Cornelius said.

The pursuit began shortly after the car reached Preston and those inside attempted to carjack another vehicle on Regent Street.

The Kluger then crashed into the truck, which hit the Audi.

Mr Cornelius said it was lucky no one else was killed and defended the timing of the attempt to stop the Kluger.

"It's not like in the movies," he said.

Officers could have identified other opportunities to release the stop sticks, but the car could have still escaped.

Police are asking for any witnesses, including the person who escaped being carjacked, to come forward with information.

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