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Family of 3 Dead After Gravel Truck Crashes into Santa Barbara Home

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Three people, including a young child, have been killed "after a big-rig hauling gravel slammed into a home in Santa Barbara, destroying the building," reports KTLA.

The truck, driven by Joaquin Morales, was hauling a load of gravel from Santa Ynez to Santa Paula. Morales says he "noticed some problems with his brakes," however "[h]e thought he had resolved the problem and continued on until he arrived in the Santa Barbara area."

The truck went off State Route 154 and crashed into the home on State Street at around 6:50 this morning. Approximately an hour and half after the crash, "authorities discovered the bodies of a man and a woman. A short time later, the body of the child was found." The victims are the Leon family; the father, Leo, worked as a chef, and the mother was a housewife. Morales "suffered facial cuts and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment."