Two men were killed when their cars crashed on the Southern State Parkway Friday afternoon, State police said.

Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused the crash, which occurred just before 4 p.m. on the westbound lanes at Exit 39. State police Senior Investigator Thomas Hughes said a red Ford and grey Subaru made contact and crashed into the woods off the north shoulder.

The driver of the Ford was identified as 39-year-old Jacques Louis of Brentwood, Hughes said. Louis was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, 25-year-old Sean Anderson of Smithtown, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Hughes said.

Both men were driving alone.

What caused the two cars to crash is “still currently under investigation,” Hughes said. Police are in the process of interviewing possible witnesses.

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