NEW ORLEANS -- Two men have been found dead in an SUV that plunged into the Industrial Canal near the 9th Ward Thursday afternoon.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, a 2003 Mazda Tribune was pulled from the canal. One of the men found in the vehicle was 23-year-old, and the age of the other man is unknown at this time.
The incident happened around noon at the Judge Seeber Bridge on Claiborne Avenue, which links New Orleans with St. Bernard Parish.
Witnesses told WWL-TV the driver of a Jeep Cherokee passed a barricade on the bridge while it was up and got into an argument with one of the bridge workers before the vehicle plunged into the water below.
Traffic being rerouted after car goes over Claiborne Bridge. pic.twitter.com/JWOHAYqkJX— Duke Carter II (@dcarterII) October 5, 2017
Multiple agencies, including NOPD, NOFD and the Coast Guard were on the scene looking for the vehicle.
Police said the Coroner's Office will determine the official cause of death and name the victims pending an autopsy and family notification.
The story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.