BAYOU VISTA — A single-vehicle crash late Tuesday night in Bayou Vista claimed the lives of two men, according to a Troop I state police news release.
According to investigating troopers, 25-year-old Bryan Mitchell of Houma, was driving a 1994 GMC SUV west on La. 182.
For unknown reasons, at 11:44 p.m. Mitchell drove off the right side of the road, entered a ditch, his vehicle overturned and struck a utility pole.
Mitchell, who was restrained, and 40-year-old Tyronne Gray of Thibodaux, who was unrestrained, were pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish coroner.
A third occupant in the vehicle, 33-year-old Anna Collette of Franklin, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to the hospital. Troopers are still working to determine if she was restrained.
Cleco reported slightly more than 550 customers in Bayou Vista losing power as a result of the vehicle hitting the utility pole, said Cleco spokeswoman Robbyn Cooper.
Power was restored to all customers by 3 a.m., she said.
It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash, according to state police. However, toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
In 2012, 62 percent of the fatal crashes Troop I investigated involved some form of impairment. While results are still pending in this crash, troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. Even after having just one drink, decision making abilities are hindered, the release stated.