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Man dead after car enters high water in Port Allen

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 6:19 AM CDT
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PORT ALLEN, La. (WAFB) - A 40-year-old man was found dead after a vehicle ran off Highway 415 in West Baton Rouge parish Monday night and into a flooded ditch.

Alvarado Morentes Hermelindo was killed in the crash on LA Hwy 415 north of Interstate 10 in West Baton Rouge Parish around 9:30 p.m.

Louisiana State Police say there were three people in the car. One is still missing and the other passenger sustained minor injuries and received medical treatment on the scene.

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The scene was just north of Interstate 10 near the Comfort Suites hotel in Port Allen, LA.

Rescuers were called to the scene just before 10 p.m. Monday and searched the water for possible victims after reports that the vehicle had crashed.

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The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as an unidentified driver and his two passengers were traveling southbound on LA Hwy 415 in a 2012 Toyota Venza. For reasons still under investigation, the Toyota exited the roadway to the right and proceeded into a canal bordering the roadway. After entering the canal, the Toyota became submerged, according to LSP.

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