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Car Crashes off Los Angeles Freeway, Killing Woman in Homeless Camp


car damaged with airbags deployed after crash

According to multiple media sources, a female pedestrian is dead and three car passengers injured after a vehicle crashes off a freeway in Los Angeles, landing on a homeless encampment on Tuesday evening.

Cause of Crash unclear

A Honda sedan carrying three people drove southbound on Interstate 405 in Van Nuys at approximately 6:00 p.m. when the accident occurred. For reasons currently unknown to officials, the car crashed off the right shoulder of the freeway.

Officials say the car landed underneath the overpass, rolling down an embankment and into a homeless encampment, according to media outlets. The car landed on top of a 40-year-old woman, crushing her underneath the car. The woman died at the scene of the accident.

The three passengers inside the vehicle sustained injuries ranging from serious to critical, reports media sources. Two men received treatment at a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Pedestrian-related Traffic Accident Statistics

The following information regarding pedestrian-related accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians died and an estimated 65,000 sustained injuries in traffic crashes in the United States.
  • On average, a pedestrian died every 2 hours in traffic crashes.
  • In 2014, pedestrians made up 15 percent of all traffic fatalities.

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