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Two 16-year-old girls are dead after a vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a pond near Bayou Manchac in Ascension Parish on Sunday afternoon, according to Louisiana State Police.

Caroline Smith and Chloe Hamilton, both of Prairieville, were traveling on Perkins Road near the East Baton Rouge Parish line shortly before noon when Smith, the driver, exited the roadway while navigating a right curve and struck a tree, according to LSP. After colliding with the tree, the car vaulted into a private pond and became fully submerged, according to LSP.

LSP is still investigating what caused the vehicle to exit the roadway, according to a news release.

The St. George Fire Department was first called to the scene at 11:52 a.m., along with first responders from several other departments, according to St. George Fire. First responders searched the waters using life vests, but were unable to locate the vehicle.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Dive Team was called to the scene and eventually located the vehicle and its occupants, according to St. George Fire.

The girls were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to LSP. It's unclear if seatbelt use was a factor in the crash, LSP said.

Nine agencies assisted with the operation, according to St. George Fire.