A driver and his passenger have been killed after the pair attempted to “jump” their car across the gap of an open drawbridge.
The driver of a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze attempted the stunt at a pontoon swing bridge in southwestern Louisiana on Friday morning at about 2am (local time).
In a post to Facebook, Louisiana Police said the 55 metre section of Black Bayou Bridge was closed to cars at the time to allow a boat to pass beneath it.
A witness told police the passenger got out of the vehicle and pushed up the arm of a gate, before jumping back inside the car.
Police said the driver drove towards the ramp at the end of the bridge, the reversed and accelerated “forward in an attempt to ‘jump’ the ramp of the bridge”.
“The vehicle became airborne, landed in the waterway, and sank to the bottom,” police said.
The body of the driver, Alejandro Cazares, 23, was found inside the submerged car, while his passenger, Roberto Alejandro Moreno, 32, was located on the outside.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.
Toxicology samples were obtained and would be submitted for analysis, with the crash now part of a police investigation.
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