HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A death investigation is underway after a driver was found dead Sunday morning in a ravine, according to Huntington County officials.

The Huntington County Sheriff’s and Huntington County Coroner’s offices believe alcohol was a factor in the crash that killed 45-year-old Gabriel S. Carson, who was found dead inside a truck in Clear Creek Township just before 7:30 a.m.

After getting reports from passersby who spotted a 2016 Black Chevrolet Silverado off the road, a deputy went to the scene and reportedly found Carson dead in the driver’s seat, restrained.

The initial investigation revealed Carson left the road for unknown reasons while coming to a curve and hit a tree with the right front of the truck. The truck continued forward and then came to a stop with the tree inside the vehicle, police said in a release.

Scene of the crash

The investigation continues with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Office F.A.C.Team and the Huntington County Coroner’s Office.

This is the second time a fatal crash has happened in that area within the last month. An 18-year-old was killed after hitting a tree as well. The teen’s death was ruled accidental.