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Friends remember teen killed in car wreck

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WINONA (KYTX) -

By Jaime Gerik

Those close to Caleb Luther say it's been like a nightmare you want to wake up from but can't.

Family friends say he was on his way home from work yesterday about 6 when the crash happened.

It was his second day on the job.

People who grew up with Caleb in Winona say he was like a brother.

"He'd give the shirt off his back for you and his last dollar--very Godly person" friend Chance Nicolls said.

Friends found out Thursday night Caleb was the one killed in the three-car wreck.

Troopers say the 17-year-old's truck veered into oncoming traffic on Highway 155 just south of Winona.

He hit another vehicle head-on and died at the scene.

His family is struggling.

"I don't know if they even know how to breathe right now, they are very upset"

And he also leaves behind  a church family.

"Sunday night was the last night I saw him. Everybody at our church and in our group, it rips a piece of us out"

Meagan McIntyre--Caleb's church youth leader-- describes him as a big teddy bear who loved his guitar.

"Wanted to work, and be a hard worker, and play music too. Those were his two favorite things he wanted to do right now," McIntyre said.

Over a year ago, Caleb decided to attend a trade school but he left his mark at Winona high.

"Caleb was a guy that brought energy to the room, he was a lot of fun. He was involved in athletics, involved in FFA activities on a leadership team," Principal Leland Hand said.

Caleb was a teenager known for dreaming big and keeping his roots grounded in family and faith.

There were three vehicles in that wreck last night, the third vehicle was coming behind the second and didn't have time to stop.

Those drivers weren't badly hurt.

CBS-19 is told his family is very tight-knit, and Caleb has a younger brother. He also leaves behind cousins who attend Winona ISD.

They were not in a position to talk about Caleb right at this time.

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