PINEVILLE -- The two people killed in a Sunday night crash along U.S. Highway 45 have been identified as a married couple from St. Stephen.
Michael White, 36, and Iesha White, 28, died from body trauma caused by the single- vehicle wreck near J.K. Gourdin Elementary School, said Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury.
Their children -- ages 10, 7 and 6 -- were injured in the crash, but all three have since been released from Medical University Hospital, Salisbury said.
The crash occurred around 7:20 p.m. as Iesha White was driving her family west along the road in a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo, authorities said. The family was about two miles from Russellville when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, overturned and struck a utility pole, according to state Highway Patrol Sgt. P.K. Hughes.
The Whites were pronounced dead at the scene, Salisbury said.
Live power lines prevented rescue workers from removing the couple from the sport utility vehicle for several hours, Salisbury said. Utility workers eventually secured the pole so rescuers could reach the couple.
Two children crawled from the Isuzu, and firefighters pulled a third child to safety, Salisbury said.
Salisbury said he did not know where the family was heading when the crash occurred or what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway.
State troopers are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.