CLINTON, Miss. — The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating after two Jackson State University students were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Clinton.

WAPT-TV ( ) reports it began about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday when someone at a gas station called Clinton Police about a suspicious vehicle.

When officers arrived, the driver took off. Police Chief Ford Hayman says officers followed the car, which crashed a few minutes later near the Natchez Trace.

MHP says the driver apparently lost control of the car and hit a tree. The victims, 21-year-old Johnathan Thomas and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Skylar Liddell, each died at the scene.

JSU basketball coach Wayne Brent says Thomas was a walk-on for the program but left the team for unspecified reasons. He was scheduled to meet with Brent Thursday to talk about returning.

This story has been corrected to fix reference to police department in 2nd paragraph.

Information from: WAPT-TV,