One person was killed and two others were injured today in a two-vehicle crash on the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway in the Studio City area, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash near Coldwater Canyon Avenue was reported at 3:44 a.m. and prompted the closure of all lanes of the eastbound side of the freeway, said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball. Two lanes were reopened shortly before 5 a.m., he said.
CHP Sergeant Abramian told Patch that as CHP officers were investigating the accident, "It looks like these were two individual accidents. The white vehicle (the Toyota Matrix) lost control and stabilized; then the Honda collided with it."
Los Angeles Fire Department rescuers freed a man and a woman from a Toyota Matrix and took them to a hospital, according to a news crew at the scene. Both appeared to be seriously injured.
Asked if intoxication may have contributed to the crash, Abramian said, "We're still investigating, but through our search we did find some evidence in one of the vehicles. We're going to the hospital to talk to some of the victims."
A man in a Honda Element suffered less serious injuries and was also taken from the scene in an ambulance, the news crew reported.
City News Service contributed to this report.