2 children killed when car crashes into La. bayou

February 22, 2012 - 4:45 AM

ST. AMANT, La. (AP) — Authorities say two children were killed when the car they were in went off the road and into a bayou in southeast Louisiana.

Louisiana State Police say the driver and two other children in the car were able to swim to safety in the crash that happened shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday in Ascension Parish.

Sheriff's deputies who arrived at the scene jumped into the bayou and tried to save the two children who were trapped but they were unable to get into the car. Eventually, rescue divers pulled the two children — ages 9 and 7 — from the car, but they did not survive.

The crash remains under investigation, but authorities say they don't think the driver, 28-year-old Raelyn Encalade, was impaired.