1 killed, multiple hurt after vehicle goes off 405 Freeway, lands on homeless encampment
VAN NUYS (FOX 11) - SkyFox video overhead zeroed in on the spot where a car careened off the southbound 405 Freeway near Roscoe Boulevard on Tuesday night, landing on an embankment right on top of a homeless camp where three men were living.
"Two of the homeless individuals were pinned under the car so we needed to utilize our special resources urban search and rescue and our heavy rescue unit to get the victims out from underneath the vehicle," Batt. Chief Kristina Kepner with Los Angeles City Fire said.
Those two people were rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but firefighters had to hoist the car over the embankment to reach a third man who died trapped under the car.
"Right now the identification is unknown," David Galbraith, California Highway Patrol, said. "Many times we contact homeless people in the embankments to find out who people are."
The CHP is now taking over the investigation.
Officers said the driver of the blue Honda Civic was a 66-year-old man who suffered only minor injuries.
Investigators have ruled out drugs and alcohol as factors in the crash, but are still looking into speed and distracted driving.
"We're following up with the driver at the hospital as we speak," Galbraith said.
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