2 men died after trying to jump their car over an open drawbridge in Louisiana

Louisiana State PoliceA Chevy Cruze was found in the water after the driver tried to jump an open drawbridge.
  • Two Texas men died Friday after trying to jump their car over an open drawbridge in Louisiana, police said.
  • The drivers were identified as 23-year-old Alejandro Cazares from McAllen, Texas, and 32-year-old Roberto Alejandro Moreno from Edinburg, Texas.
  • They approached a pontoon bridge that was closed to traffic, “pushed the gate arm up,” and sped up while attempting to cross the gap, according to a witness.
  • State police responded to the scene around 2 a.m. and Cazares and Moreno were pronounced dead.
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Two men died early Friday morning after trying to jump their car over an open drawbridge, Louisiana State Police said.

The men had approached the Black Bayou Bridge in Calcasieu Parish that was closed to traffic while a boat passed through the Intracoastal Waterway. But instead of waiting for the bridge to reopen, one of the men got out of the car and “pushed the gate arm up,” a witness told police.

From there, the man got back in the car and the driver “placed the vehicle in reverse then accelerated forward in an attempt to ‘jump’ the ramp of the bridge.”

The car didn’t make it across, and instead hit the water and sank, police said.

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They identified the men as 23-year-old Alejandro Cazares, the driver, and 32-year-old Roberto Alehandro Moreno, the passenger. Cazares was from McAllen, Texas, and Moreno was from Edinburgh.

Authorities said both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Cazares was found inside the vehicle, and Moreno was found outside of it.

The incident is still under investigation, police said.

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