Posted: Aug 24, 2010 11:46 AM by KCO
Updated: Aug 24, 2010 11:56 AM
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities and neighbors say a runaway gravel truck that smashed into a home near Santa Barbara killed a couple and their 7-year-old son.
The bodies of a man, woman and child were pulled from the wreckage after a truck hauling up to 26 tons of gravel careened off State Highway 154, across State Street and flew over an embankment onto the home shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
A California Highway Patrol traffic Web site says the truck lost its brakes.
Santa Barbara County fire Capt. David Sadecki says the truck flattened the small wooden home. Neighbors at first said there might be a fourth victim but Sadecki says it's been determined nobody else was home at the time.
Coroner's officials haven't named the victims but a neighbor says they're Leo and Lorena Leon and their 7-year-old son.
Watch KSBY News at 5 and 6 p.m. for a live report from the scene of the crash.
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