Two New Orleans firefighters dead after fatal crash in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Two New Orleans Firefighters are dead after a fatal car crash on Highway 90 in Long Beach Sunday morning.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says a truck driven by 28-year-old Tommy Ashby, Junior of Chalmette, Louisiana, was heading westbound on Highway 90 at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control and hit a tree near the intersection of Beach Park Drive.

Police were called to the scene around 1:45 a.m. Sunday Morning.

Both Ashby and a passenger, 27-year-old Scott Blanchard of Metarie, Louisiana were declared dead on the scene.

Both men worked for the New Orleans Fire Department and authorities say neither were wearing a seatbelt.

Two other passengers were transported to the hospital with injuries.

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