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February 17, 2014

Calif. father watches family killed in fiery crash

The father was following his family in a separate vehicle when a motorist blew a stop sign at 60 mph and crashed into his wife and children

The Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. — A Fresno-area father watched his four children and their mother perish in a fiery crash and was injured as he tried to rescue them from the burning vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol says Juana Martinez Bejarano drove through a stop sign just south of Riverdale on Saturday night at about 60 mph.

The Fresno Bee reports her 2004 Nissan slammed into the 2003 Ford SUV carrying the family.

The Ford burst into flames and CHP officers say the driver and four children aged 1, 3, 6 and 11 years old died at the scene.

The CHP says the father of the family was following the Ford, witnessed the crash and was injured trying to pull his family from the vehicle.

Bejarano was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee

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