Two young boys were tragically killed after a flash flood swept the car they were in off the road in Missouri.
Jacob Luttrull, 33, was driving a Ford Explorer with his three young boys when high water levels swept them off the low bridge they were attempting to cross while on their way to visit their grandmother. Luttrull and his two-year-old son survived the accident. His five and eight-year-old boys, Kayden and Brantley, did not.
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Kayden (5) and Brantley (8) Luttrull tragically died when a flash flood swept their car off the road.
The two eldest boys were pronounced dead on the scene, while their brother was taken to a St. Louis hospital for “serious” injuries. Luttrull had “moderate” injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital, according to reports. Both the youngest child and Luttrull have since been released from the hospital.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that his vehicle “traveled into [a] flooded crossing” and was ‘swept away with all occupants entering the water.”
A local fire department volunteer, Jason Yunt, told KFVS that the bridge they were attempting to cross regularly floods and had three to four feet of water covering it.
“The water on the bridge was so swift I thought, ‘Oh my gosh who in their right mind would try and cross it?’ I couldn’t believe it,” Yount told the local outlet. “Angela Thompson and her boyfriend spotted the vehicle in the river with one of the boys on top. They called the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department and it all fell in place.”
Yount, who is also Kayden and Brantley’s great uncle, spoke to reporters about the boys. “Them boys loved helping me and dad cut wood and hull wood. They loved riding their bikes out here. We have all of their play toys. We think about them, even though they’re not with us,” he told KFVS.
A GoFundMe has been set-up for the family to help cover funeral and medical expenses.
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