2 boys killed when vehicle swept away by flooding on trip to grandma's house

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PATTON, Mo. (AP) -

The Missouri Highway Patrol says two boys died and an adult man and a 2-year-old boy were injured when their vehicle was swept off a bridge over the weekend.

The 5-year-old and 8-year-old boys died after their vehicle was swept off a road about five miles southeast of Patton, Missouri, around 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

Jason Yount, a volunteer firefighter with the North Bollinger County Fire Department, told KFVS he was one of the first people to start looking for the lost family.

“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 said.

The family had reportedly been on a trip to visit their grandmother.

Jacob Luttrull, 33, who was driving, and a 2-year-old boy were taken to hospitals. Sgt. Clark Parrott with MSHP said 8-year-old Kayden and 5-year-old Brantley died in the incident.

Yount said he happens to be Kayden and Brantley's great uncle. He said the family is heartbroken by the loss.

“It’s sad that they’re gone, but we’re just trying to keep the memories,” Yount said. “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.”

GoFundMe page has been started for the boys' funeral. More than $17,000 has been raised.

In a separate incident, a 48-year-old Louisiana man died. The patrol says Todd Dean of Mandeville, Louisiana, died around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when his vehicle was swept off a road about 1 mile outside of Sedgewickville, Missouri.

KMBC contributed to this report.

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