PINE, La. -- State police have arrested a Franklinton man after his vehicle was involved in a fatal crash in Washington Parish.

The accident occurred early Sunday on La. Highway 424 north of Pine.

Troopers say a pickup driven by 19-year-old Jason Melerine was southbound when it ran off of the road and struck several trees.

Investigators say two passengers in the truck, 23-yeaer-old Jason Crain of Franklinton and 18-year-old Beth Bria of Angie, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner's Office.

Troopers booked Melerine with two counts of vehicular homicide.

It was not immediately known whether Melerine has an attorney.

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