Pasco crash kills Josh Brock, his son Jason, and semi truck driver Leslie Blanton

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Joshua Brock, his son Jason, were killed after a head-on crash with a semi that also killed driver Leslie Blanton.

 


 


Dade City, Florida -- On Monday morning, workers used heavy machinery to clear away the wreckage of a deadly crash.  What's left of a semi-truck sat crumpled on a flatbed.

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The Sunday night crash on U.S. Highway 98 killed three. The woman driver of the semi died at the scene, as did the occupants of the car--a young father and his child, who were just two-and-a-half miles from home and safety.

"It's going to be hard, it's going to be hard," says Phyllis Colvin of her family's loss. She's the aunt of 22-year-old Josh Brock.

Brock worked at a Dade City insurance agency and Colvin says he also took his job as a Dad seriously.

"He doted on his son," says a teary Colvin. "That was his life. Jason was Josh's life."

Travis Smith, Josh's cousin, agrees. Instead of being a normal 22-year-old out partying, Smith says Josh was more fatherly. 

"He would rather have him (Jason) be cared for...he'd rather be at home with his son."

Jason was one-and-a-half years old. Colvin and Smith say the boy was a talkative, happy kid, who took after his father.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators say for some unknown reason, Brock's car veered into the path of the semi Sunday about 10 p.m. The truck hauling melons crashed in the woods and burned.

The truck's driver, Leslie Blanton, 56, of Riverview, died at the scene. Her husband Michael Blanton survived with minor injuries.

The investigation into the deadly crash continues.

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