Two Texas men died trying to jump car over open drawbridge
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Texas driver and his passenger are dead after they tried to jump the ramps on a closed drawbridge.
Louisiana State Police say it happened shortly after 2 a.m. Friday at the Black Bayou Bridge about six miles south of Lake Charles. Investigators say a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway was passing under the bridge, so it was closed to traffic.
Witnesses say the car's passenger pushed the gate arm up and they drove up to the raised ramps. Then they backed up, and then accelerated forward, trying to jump to the other side. The vehicle landed in the water instead and sank.
The driver was trapped in the car and the other passenger was found outside of the submerged vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released.
Police say toxicology results are pending and the crash is under investigation.