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3 killed in Ascension Parish crash

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Three people are dead after a single vehicle crash that occurred shortly before midnight on May 18, 2017, in Ascension Parish.

According to State Police, the crash occurred on US 61 south of LA 22 in Ascension Parish. An investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling northbound on US 61 when for unknown reasons, it ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. The vehicle then became airborne and struck a tree where it was split in half. The wreckage was found in a nearby bayou.

Officials have identified the three occupants of the vehicle as 23-year-old Thomas Jones, 22-year-old Austin Kiernan, and 19-year-old Sydney Persac of St. Amant. All three were pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office. 

State Troopers were unsure if the occupants were restrained at the time of the crash, but say they were all located outside the vehicle. Troopers have not yet determined who was driving the vehicle or if impairment was a factor. 

The crash is currently under investigation.

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