Man and elderly father die in crash possibly involving impairment

CHENAL, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said they believe impairment was a factor in a crash that left a man and his elderly father dead late Thursday night.

Louisiana State Police said the crash took the lives of Sidney R. Morel, 47, and Sidney J. Morel, 68. Both men are from Jarreau, which is located in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The wreck happened on LA 415 near LA 414 in the Chenal area of Pointe Coupee Parish around 11:30 p.m.

Troopers said their initial investigation showed the younger Morel was driving a 2007 Ford truck on LA 415 and went off the road in a curve. They added he then overcorrected and went off the road on the opposite side. The pickup then flipped several times.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. A sample of the driver's blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Investigators noted both men were properly buckled at the time of the crash.

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