Community remembers 4 killed in Kansas crash

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Lisa Luft, Brianna Luft, Aria Luft and Saleena Senzee | Courtesy WDAF Lisa Luft, Brianna Luft, Aria Luft and Saleena Senzee | Courtesy WDAF
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LIBERTY, Mo. (KAKE) -

Brandon Luft saw the accident that killed his wife, two daughters and a family friend on I-70 near Abilene, Kansas, from his rearview mirror.

The crash happened on Tuesday as the Kearney, Missouri, family was headed to Colorado. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Lisa Luft was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota that struck a guardrail due to weather conditions.

The truck traveled 230 feet along the guardrail, then another 150 feet on top of the guardrail before falling about 25 feet off a bridge, coming to a rest on its top.

At a prayer service on Wednesday, the tears flowed for 18-year-old Selena Senzee, Lisa, 20-year-old Brianna and 14-year-old Aria Luft.

She, like, cared about everyone and how they felt, and she cared about them personally, and she was just really kind to everyone and nothing bad to say about anybody," said Emily Boyd who was friend with Aria.

Adriana Schenbri, another of Aria's friends, said, "It's gonna be different with her not around. She would just brighten up the room every time."

It was standing room only inside the St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Liberty, where a heartbroken community came to find hope and to see the two families through the tragedy. 

Brandon Luft thanked the community for its support.

An online fund has been established to help the victims' families.

KMBC and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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