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  • The one on the front left is the survivor, Juan Cardenas Jr. (26) the one in blue on the left back is Hadzi Cosio-Virgen (24) and the one on the right in black is Jorge Virgen (19). (Photo Courtesy of Family, provided to FOX31 Denver)

AURORA, Colo. — Early Saturday morning around 4:35 a.m. Aurora police, responded to a single rollover crash where the vehicle caught on fire.

The accident happened on northbound I-225 near the westbound I-70 ramp.

Lt. Michael A. McClelland from the Aurora Police Department said, the vehicle was speeding approaching the I-70 ramp and then lost control. The vehicle went off the highway and rolled over multiple times.

There were three passengers inside the red 1999 Isuzu Trooper.

One passenger was ejected, the other two male passengers remained inside, according to Lt. McClelland.

Aurora Police suspected that the fuel tank ignited and the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames.

Once the Aurora Fire Department arrived on scene, they put out the flaming vehicle.

However, the two male passengers inside the burning vehicle died at the scene.

The passengers in the car were later identified by Aurora Police as Juan Manuel Cardenas, the surviving victim; Hadzigebich (Hadzi) Cosio-Virgen, Juan’s cousin; and Jorge Luis Virgen, another cousin and the driver.

Juan, the 26-year-old survivor of the crash told police that, all the men worked in the oil fields together near New Raymer, Colo. and they started work at 3 a.m.

After work they drove back to Denver, ate dinner with family and hung out at a cousin’s house until 4 a.m. the next day.

They were on their way home, Juan told Police, when while he was sleeping in the back seat, someone screamed “Watch out!”

Juan was ejected from the car when it rolled over, and then he immediately noticed it had caught fire.

He also told police, that he attempted to save his cousins from the burning vehicle, but the flames were too intense.

Several passerby’s stopped the help, including a FedEx truck driver, an off-duty state trooper and another man.

The FedEx driver used a fire extinguisher from his truck to try and put out the flames of the vehicle.

Each of the Good Samaritans who stopped, tried to rescue the passengers, but the flames and heat were too much.

Police said shortly after the people backed away from the burning  car, it exploded.

At first, Lt. McClelland stated contributing factors of this crash were speeding and alcohol, but after talking to the family this was reevaluated.

Then Lt. McClelland’s revised statement said, “we do not believe the driver, Hadzi, was intoxicated as both Juan and family members claim Hadzi is not a drinker.”  Also he said, it did not appear that any of the occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Additionally a witness told police, she saw a red Isuzu pass her doing 80+ mph while driving I-225.

Police now believe sleep deprivation combined with speeding were the main factors and that evidence at the scene supports that the vehicle simply drove off the highway.

Juan was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The westbound I-70 ramp was closed for several hours.

After accident clean up, Aurora PD warned driver to be careful on the roads.