Brothers, friend die in crash


Porirua trio Ja­cob Gray, Jesse Hayne and Shand Cot­grove are un­der­stood to be the three men who died in a crash in Levin on Sun­day morn­ing.

They were trag­i­cally killed when the car they were in smashed into a truck in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing and burst into flames.

All three were from Porirua, and were for­mer stu­dents of Aotea Col­lege.

It is un­der­stood Gray and Cot­grove were in their early 20s, while Hayne is be­lieved to have been was 18.

Friend Lo­gan Walker said Hayne and Cot­grove were brothers.

Wit­nesses who tried to help those in­side the car were driven back by the heat of the fire, which was so in­tense it melted a streetlight over the truck.

Tributes started to ap­pear for the trio on Face­book, where they were all re­mem­bered as great peo­ple taken too soon.

‘‘Miss­ing you heaps al­ready son. Al­ways with me al­ways in my heart. Love you heaps,’’ wrote one of the vic­tims’ fa­thers.

Po­lice are work­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of the crash.

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