Fatal Crash on 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock (PHOTOS)

A retired LAFD paramedic photographs the scene of Sunday’s accident, which has left four people dead.

Rick McClure, a retired Los Angeles Fire Department captain and paramedic who has been shooting "emergency scene" incidents for more than 40 years (39 of them while off duty in the LA area before his retirement) took these photos of Sunday’s crash on the eastbound 134 freeway, during which a minivan with six people in it rolled off a precipice and landed onto Figueroa Street below. A man, a woman and a girl were pronounced dead at the scene—and a 55-year-old man succumbed to his injuries in hospital Monday.

McClure, who lives in Santa Clarita, last served with the LAFD’s new dispatch center in downtown Los Angeles. Besides working as a paramedic on rescue ambulances, he has been a firefighter on the department’s engines and truck companies. His photos have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Herald Examiner, Los Angeles Daily News, Signal, Associated Press, and numerous fire and Emergency Medical Services magazines.

Bob August 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Please add to the headline of this story that these pictures are very graphic. I wasn't prepared to see a close-up shot of three dead bodies.
EagleRockMom August 14, 2012 at 02:45 AM
This is such a sad story. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.
Bob Davidson August 14, 2012 at 02:54 PM
This is such a sad sad story. This should never of happened. Looks like they needed new tires. We have lived in Eagle Rock for 30 years. I remember 1 more accident that should not of happened on Colorado driving to fast there. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the decreased. The Davidson Family.
nonoise August 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I think the Patch should take these photos down. I am sure the family would not like them posted. I think that is really bad taste and insensitive to the families. Please remove those very sad photos.
lsalazal August 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I agree; they were all very close friends of my husbands family and the pictures are extremely graphic. My nieces played with these girls and spent so much time with the Ramirez family, Being able to identify which body is wich just by the size and hair color is way too much for anybody who knew them. Please remove them.
Paco Verde August 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Do we really need this much gore? What are you people thinking about, the retired persons hobby of shooting dead people? Frank Green
L August 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Take this down.
Paco Verde August 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
What is this editor thinking, or does he? TAKE THIS DOWN
Nelson R Grande II August 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM
While I appreciate all opinions, I expected such images. The title does actually mention 'Fatal'. This means there are deceased bodies. Growing up, I was used to watch TV. It showed me all the violence in the world and none of the results. I could watch a movie on TV and see some guy get gratuitously shot in the head...as long as there's no actual blood. It happens to this day. This censorship never gave me a true sense of what guns can do. Now, as an adult, I know the brutality of guns and have made more informed decisions. Things would be different if we were to show the true result of gun violence on TV. The TV tells us our men are dying overseas for our freedom. But GWB disallowed the Flag covered coffins to be shown in the media due to morale. 'Collateral Damage' is also censored. No photos of dead families overseas; even though there are plenty. I feel it's an important and very real result of war. It should be documented and broadcasted. Leads me to this. A title that reads 'Fatal' and 'Photos', I'm not sure I would expect anything else. I, personally, feel it falls well into the realms of journalism and I feel it's necessary to tell the whole story. I now have a firm grasp on the severity of the incident. Again, these are my personal opinions and have made no effort to judge anyone else. My sincere condolences to the bereaved.
Ajay Singh (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Thanks for your nuanced viewpoint, Nelson, and for pointing out what readers should have expected after reading the headline. While crash victim's bodies covered with sheets aren't usually considered graphic, I took down that particular photograph in deference to the wishes of other readers.
Paco Verde August 15, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Great, except the lead in to the story is about the person who photographed these images not the victims. The great photographer and showman Wee gee liked these kinds of images too, but thank God at least he shot in B/W not "living color" like these images, that have obviously been exploited for their sensationalism.
Adriana August 15, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Thanks everyone for your words our family really appriciates we are really hurt it was unespected we still cant believe it,about the pictures its hard and sad for us to see them I couldnt sleep I had the pictures on mind ...thank you for taking of the closed up pictured that was a sad and graphic picture to see.... Tamayo family
nonoise August 15, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Sorry for your loss. Channel 5 did a pretty good job covering the story and giving what looks like the real details. http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-eagle-rock-134-freeway-wreck,0,7479528.story The 6 year old and the 15 year old were not in seat belts and thrown clear. Lesson about how seat belts do not always save lives. I still think a couple other photos still posted should come down. Again, sorry for your loss and for the loss for the family.
jesse abalos August 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Hello people I'm the brother of one off the victim's veronica was my sister Salvador was my brother in law and my niece Jackie and Salvador dad....Leslie is doing good so is jocylyn ...I. have open a chase account 4 the family its account # 108835330 chase bank under Jesse abalos thank u all my number is 626 756-6012 thank u any questions ....
Liz August 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM
My prayers goes out to the Ramirez family. My boyfriend and I where the ones that almost got smash underneath the bridge by the truck. The only thing that happend is the truck hit the passenger back side of the car. Seeing this truck coming down to us is something I would never want anyone to experience. My bf was the first one to go to the truck so see if he could help anybody in the truck.
Kpemployee August 17, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Our prayers go out to the Ramirez Family. Veronica your Kaiser Permanente Family will miss you! We are all sadden by the lost of Salvador and Rafael, may you rest in peace. We are hoping for a quick recovery for your children Leslie and Lupita.
Chio Pink-Love August 18, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Sorry for your loss Jesse , my mother is a good friend of one of your family members. She just got back from the funeral. when she told me the story I couldn't believe it. She mention that two other people were still in the hospital. I hope they recover fast. my sencere condolence .
Mmm? August 19, 2012 at 03:43 AM
But why to your personal account Jessy???
Paco Verde August 19, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Mmm? who might you be? Mmm?
nonoise August 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Usually money is set up in a trust account. The bank can help you set it up.
nonoise August 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Just because the word (PHOTO's) are in the title, does not mean you will see such graphic photos. Maybe, sadly, if this happened in a different area it not be a problem. But this accident was too close to home in our own backyard to post such photos. Patch should have been more sensitive.
jonnie laughs on top August 21, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Jesse sounds like he's bout himself...wait & send money to a fund when it is set the right way....Many prayers for those thatloss loved ones...Many prayers for the healing of the ones in the hospital...k
Ajay Singh (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 06:56 PM
For an update on CHP crash investigation, go here: http://patch.com/A-xlC5


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