By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in Carlton County that happened just after midnight, involving two people from the New Orleans area.

The crash happened along the 200 block of Thomson Road at about 12:20 a.m. Monday. Police say they received a report of a vehicle going off the road.

When they arrived, they found a truck that had struck a tree. The man driving the truck had been critically injured and was taken to Essentia Hospital in Duluth.

A passenger in the vehicle was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Later Monday morning, the two were identified as Hung Hang, 39, and Cuong Hang, 38. The latter was the passenger who died. Both are from Grentna, Louisiana, which is in the New Orleans metro area.

It is not clear whether either of the people involved in the crash had been wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.