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A DEVASTATING crash killed a family of four after a big rig ran a stop sign and slammed into their vehicle, according to officials.

The driver of the truck told authorities that his brakes had failed, resulting in the crash on Interstate 17 in Arizona on Sunday.

A family of four was killed in a fiery crash after a big rig ran a stop sign, authorities sayCredit: 12 News
Dhinesh Nagarajan, 23, along with his brother and parents, were all pronounced dead at the sceneCredit: Instagram
Athish Nagarajan, 24, worked as a global supply manager for Lucid MotorsCredit: Linkedin

Both vehicles were engulfed by flames after the crash sent them flying from the road, with the truck landing on top of the family’s car.

Parents Gnanappan Nagarajan, 54, and Vijaya Lakshmi-Gopal, 45, were killed in the wreck, along with their two sons, 24-year-old Athish Nagarajan and 23-year-old Dhinesh Nagarajan.

All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves, the parents were visiting Sedona from India to see their sons.

“That’s especially heartbreaking - they were on a family outing when this occurred,” said Graves.

An investigation into the crash is underway, however, troopers don’t believe impaired driving was a factor.

Friends described Athish Nagaraja as a one-of-a-kind, talented person who had big things in store for him.

He worked at Lucid Motors and had been quickly promoted within the company, working as a global supply manager.

Similar kind words were used to describe his younger brother.

“Dhinesh was so selfless,” said his friend Lily Rich to 12News.

“My memories are so special with him. My freshman year at ASU would not have been as amazing if I hadn't met him.”

The brothers lived in Tempe while their family was abroad in India. 

Dhinesh was a musician and an RA at Arizona State University last year. Rich said that he had been like family to her.

“He made it feel like home to me,” she said.

“I’m from Missouri, so traveling to Arizona and starting college is hard and scary, and having that somebody, like I felt like I could go to him at all times, and Dhinesh made it so clear he was a friend to us.”

Rich’s friend Quinn Talbot agreed, calling Dhinesh a “genuine soul.”

“It breaks my heart that he’s no longer with us, but he’s watching over us.”

The parents, Gnanappan Nagarajan, 54, and Vijaya Lakshmi-Gopal, 45, were visiting their sons from IndiaCredit: 12 News
Dhinesh was a singer, musician, and an RA at ASU last year, friends saidCredit: 12news
Both brothers were described as talented individuals who had bright futures aheadCredit: Instagram