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Family identified in Eagle Rock crash that killed four

A La Puente family that lost four members in a crash on the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock had been returning from visiting a relative who has cancer, authorities said Thursday.

The Ramirez family had been heading home Sunday from Fresno when their left tire blew, causing their 1999 Ford Expedition to roll over the edge of the center divider of the freeway, falling 36 feet, officials said.

Salvador Alvarado Ramirez, 40, of La Puente was killed in the crash, along with his wife, 38-year-old Veronica Ramirez, and his daughter, 11-year-old Jackilyn Ramirez, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Investigation Division.

His father, 56-year-old Rafael Ramirez-Rodriguez, died later at a hospital, Corral said.

The accident occurred about 6:50 p.m. just west of Figueroa Street. Two other family members -- a 15-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl -- were hospitalized after the crash.

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