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Two Dead After Trying to Jump a Raised Drawbridge

By The Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana—Two men died early Friday when a driver tried to jump a car over an opening created by a pontoon swing bridge in southwestern Louisiana, state police said on Facebook.

Louisiana State police say it happened shortly after 2 a.m. at the Black Bayou Bridge on Louisiana Highway 384, about 6 miles south of Lake Charles.

Investigators say the bridge was closed to traffic to let a boat pass through on the Intracoastal Waterway. The 165-foot section of the bridge on pontoons had been moved to allow the ship to pass.

Witnesses say the car’s passenger pushed the gate arm up and they drove the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze up to the raised section.

They backed up, then accelerated forward, trying to jump to the other side. The vehicle landed in the water and sank.

The car that was used to jump the drawbridge was raised to the surface by state police. (Louisiana State Police)

State police say 23-year-old Alejandro Cazares of McAllen and 32-year-old Roberto Alejandro Moreno of Edinburg were pronounced dead at the scene.

Moreno still managed to get out of the car but died in the river.

Investigators are working to determine whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.

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A bridge rises up during bridge maintenance run on March 31, 2006. (Tim Boyle/File via Getty Images)

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