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2 Texas men died trying to jump car over open drawbridge

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Recovery crews used airbags to lift the bridge-jump victims' car from Black Bayou. (Louisiana State Police) Recovery crews used airbags to lift the bridge-jump victims' car from Black Bayou. (Louisiana State Police)
A 2017 Google Earth image of the Black Bayou Bridge near Lake Charles, Louisiana. (File/Google Earth) A 2017 Google Earth image of the Black Bayou Bridge near Lake Charles, Louisiana. (File/Google Earth)

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 (9.65 kilometers) 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.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as 23-year-old Alejandro Cazares of McAllen and 32-year-old Roberto Alejandro Moreno of Edinburg.

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