2 teens die when SUV slams into tree

ERWINVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said two teenage girls are dead after an SUV went off a highway and into a tree Monday night.

The victims were identified as Nikki Nolen, 18, of Erwinville and Abby Thompson, 18, of New Roads.

The crash happened on LA 413 (Poydras Bayou Road) north of US 190 in Erwinville around 9:30 p.m.

Louisiana State Police said the preliminary investigation shows the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Nolen was driving was headed southbound on LA 413 when it suddenly went off the road and hit a tree on the driver's side.

Troopers said neither girl was buckled up and both died at the scene.

They reported a toxicology sample of the driver's blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This is done as part of the investigation into all deadly crashes.

The investigation is ongoing.

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