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A man died after a crash Thursday in the 700 block of South Orchard Knob Avenue, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Police Department.

Officers responded around 12:06 p.m. and determined a Chrysler PT was traveling on South Orchard Knob Avenue when it accelerated and struck five unoccupied vehicles, including a skid steer loader that was parked in a marked road closure area. The Chrysler PT then veered off the roadway and struck a church.

The 79-year-old driver of the PT was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, authorities said. No other injuries were reported, the release states.

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call 423-698-2525 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

- Compiled by Kim Sebring

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