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Two Texas men driving a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze are dead after attempting to “jump” an open drawbridge in Louisiana last Friday (May 24) morning around 2 a.m.

23-year-old Alejandro Cazares was unable to exit the vehicle and 32-year-old Roberto Alejandro Moreno was found outside of the submerged vehicle; both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Louisiana State Police said, “The initial investigation revealed that Cazares was traveling south on LA Hwy 384 in a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze when he came to a pontoon bridge that was closed to vehicular traffic to allow a boat to pass on the Intracoastal Waterway”

According to a witness, “the passenger (Moreno) exited the vehicle and pushed the gate arm up. Cazares drove under the gate and picked up Moreno before proceeding towards the ramp located at the end of the bridge. After stopping briefly, Cazares placed the vehicle in reverse then 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.”

The crash remains under investigation. A search and recovery was performed and toxicology samples were obtained and will be analyzed.