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Monday, July 30, 2012 - 23:41
EL PASO TX — Neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash that killed five people this morning: 25 yr. old Brittney Barnes, 48 yr. old Candace Barnes, 5 yr. old Aaron Arenas, 4 yr. old Caiden Barnes and 1 yr. old Bethanie Ann Barnes.
The accident shut down I-10 in Fabens, for about 4 hours and Local Four News is getting to know more about the five victims. We spoke with the mother of the two young boys that died in the accident and understandably she declined to go on camera, but she says she's trying to stay strong. We did speak to a neighbor who is very close to the Barnes family.
Next door to neighbor Jessica Luevano received a call this morning from her husband.
"Then that's when he told me that it was them in that accident. That they were dead. That candy, Brittney, Caiden and Aaron were gone and I just couldn't believe it. I started crying right then and there," said Luevano.
The Barnes family had left two weeks ago for vacation in Houston and they were headed back this morning to El Paso.
"When they left on their trip, I actually saw them walking out to get into the van," said Luevano.
The two families lived next door to each other for years.
"It was more than just losing a neighbor or friend because we've seen these girls grow up. We've seen the boys grow up. We've seen the twins grow up,” said Luevano.
Her son was especially close with the two little boys.
" They were like any other 4 and 5 year olds. You know they were rambunctious, they played actually a lot with my son because my son is six.They would play with my niece. She would go over there and play on that jungle gym that's out there all the time.We had a party two weeks ago and we had a jumping balloon for like two days and they were over here jumping with him and playing with him," said Luevano.
Luevano's 8 yr. old niece Izabella Lozano, played with her neighbors almost every day.
"Like I really miss them and I just want to see them like right now," said Lozano.
"Anything can happen in a split second. I mean u don't think it can, but when it hits this close to home you have to be thankful for what you have.They're in a better place and we all know that. We just gotta deal with the loss of them not here anymore," said Luevano.
The sheriff's department says the minivan blew a tire and rolled into oncoming traffic. Several other people were also injured. Local Four News will follow up on memorial and funeral services.