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One killed, three hurt after driver crashes into L.A. homeless camp

Police say a woman was crushed to death after a car vaulted off the side of a freeway.

A woman who may have been homeless was killed and three people in a car were injured when the vehicle vaulted off the side of a freeway and into a homeless camp.

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A woman who may have been homeless was killed and three people in a car were injured when the vehicle vaulted off the side of a freeway and into a homeless camp.

LOS ANGELES — A car shot off the side of a Los Angeles freeway and rolled down an embankment where it landed on a homeless encampment, killing a man, authorities said.

Two other men in the encampment suffered major injuries and the driver of the car received minor injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer Ramberto Salcido said.

The Honda sedan veered off the right shoulder of southbound Interstate 405 in Van Nuys on Tuesday evening, a CHP crash report said.

The scene at the encampment, a dirt area surrounded by trees and brush, was littered with clothing, water bottles and trash.

The Fire Department had to bring in heavy rescue equipment including a crane to lift the vehicle.

The name of the man who was killed was being withheld pending notification of next of kin, coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said Wednesday.

Initial reports said the fatality was a woman and that all three of the injured were in the car.

The investigation remained underway into why the car went off the freeway.