2 Texas men die trying to jump car over open drawbridge

A witness said the car backed up at the open drawbridge, and then accelerated forward, trying to jump to the other side.

Louisiana State Police say two men from Texas are now dead after attempting to jump the ramp on the Black Bayou Bridge in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana on May 24, 2019.Louisiana State Police

Two Texas men died Friday after they tried to jump over an open drawbridge with their car, authorities said.

Louisiana State Police responded to a single-car crash shortly after 2 a.m. at the Black Bayou Bridge about six miles south of Lake Charles. Investigators said the bridge was closed to traffic to let a boat pass.

A witness told police that the passenger got out of the car and pushed the gate arm up. The man then got back into the car as the driver drove toward the ramp at the end of the bridge, the police department said in a press release on its Facebook page.

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The driver stopped briefly, reversed and then "accelerated forward in an attempt to 'jump' the ramp of the bridge." police said.

The car landed in the water and sank to the bottom. The driver was found inside the car, and the passenger was found outside the vehicle after first managing to escape, investigators said. The men, whose identities have not been revealed, were pronounced dead at the scene.