PONCHATOULA — Louisiana State Police says a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 in Ponchatoula took the lives of two Mississippi residents.

Troopers say the crash occurred Sunday evening as an SUV driven by Brandon Hampton, 23, of Clinton, Miss., was traveling north in the right lane of Interstate 55.

Investigators say Hampton’s vehicle drifted left and hit the right side of an 18-wheeler. After impact, the SUV ran off road and overturn in a canal in approximately 5 feet of water.

Trooper Nick Manale said Hampton and front-seat passenger, Amanda Booker, 23, of Jackson, Miss., were unable to escape the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.