BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts State Police have released the identities of two Rhode Island residents who were killed when their pickup truck drove into the Charles River near Leverett Circle Saturday night.

Brian Arcand, 36, of North Smithfield, and Rebecca Smith, 36, of Providence, were pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital after being pulled from the water by rescuers.

Police say the 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck they were in traveled through a red light at Leverett Circle and side-swiped a 2008 Acura MDX in the circle at about 6:40 p.m.

The pickup truck then drove off Charles River Dam Road and into the water across from the State Police barracks, becoming fully submerged.

Divers work in the Charles River on Saturday night. (WBZ-TV)

Divers work in the Charles River on Saturday night. (WBZ-TV)

Witnesses couldn’t believe what they were seeing when the truck went in.

“All I heard was a horn going off,” said witness Chris Monzert. “I heard the impact, looked over (and) I saw that piece of (the) bridge over there just crumpled. (It was) one piece solid into water, and then  the tail lights as the truck went over.”

The driver and passenger in the Acura were not hurt.

Authorities have searched the Charles River and do not believe anyone else was in the pickup truck when it crashed.

State Police say that speed is being looked at as a factor in the crash. The crash is still under investigation by police.


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