Family mourns loss of 3 brothers killed in crash

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SUTTER COUNTY, Cal. – Three brothers from the same California family were killed over the weekend in a head-on crash.

FOX 40 reports 21-year-old Carlos Blanco, 19-year-old Antonio Blanco, and 15-year-old Lucas Blanco were riding in their 1991 Honda Accord Saturday afternoon, when a second car slammed into them.

Residents and witnesses attempted to help.

“One of the gentlemen was a volunteer fireman, and he actually started watering down the car, and I was on the other side trying to use a fire extinguisher, but it just didn’t work,” witness George Smith said.

Smith said a woman threw him a fire extinguisher to battle the flames, but it was too small, and too late.

California Highway Patrol said 38-year-old Michael Allan Jones lost control of his truck, veered onto the wrong side of the road, and struck the Blancos’ car and flipped it. The brothers were pinned underneath the burning car. The three were declared dead at the scene.

Jones was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and manslaughter.

“The mother and grandmother showed up, and as soon as the mother found out, she just straight up passed out right there,” Smith said. “She just couldn’t believe that her three boys were killed.”

Lucas is a high school student. Carlos leaves behind a baby daughter. Antonio leaves behind a son and a pregnant wife, due any day.

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