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1 dead after car veers off freeway, lands on homeless encampment


One person was killed and three others injured after a car veered off the southbound 405 Freeway in Van Nuys and landed on a homeless encampment Tuesday night.

The crash occurred just after 6 p.m. when a blue Honda Accord suddenly veered right at Sherman Way and jumped the freeway.

The encampment was occupied by three adult males, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported one person was
pronounced dead on scene after receiving massive crush injuries. The man's identity has been withheld until next of kin can be notified.

Two other two men, Marcus Weldon and Jacob Hunt, both sustained pelvic injuries and were taken to the hospital in serious to critical condition, according to the CHP.

The driver, identified as 66-year-old Lionel Johnson, was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still unclear. A preliminary investigation by the CHP showed that alcohol or drugs were not factors.

This story has been updated. It was originally published on Nov. 29.