SUV ends up upside down in canal, leaving 2 dead

PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - Two people are dead after their vehicle sideswiped an 18-wheeler and wound up upside down in a canal Sunday evening.

The victims were identified as Brandon Hampton, 23, of Clinton, MS and Amanda Booker, 23, of Jackson, MS.

The accident happened near the northbound end of the I-55 high rise in Ponchatoula around 6:30 p.m.

According to the Louisiana State Police, Hampton was driving a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer and drifted left into the side of a tractor trailer.

Troopers said Hampton then overcorrected to the right, went off the road and the SUV flipped as it went in a canal that runs along the interstate.

They added when the SUV stopped it was upside down in about five feet of water.

Hampton and Booker were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the big rig was not injured.

Per procedure in deadly crashes, a sample of Hampton's blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The wreck remains under investigation.

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