Three people, including a child, died when a minivan flipped over on the 134 freeway in Eagle Rock and sailed off a freeway bridge and onto Figueroa Street below on Sunday, according to L.A. fire officials and reports.
Broadcast news coverage indicated the van veered out of control, possibly as a result of a blown tire, flipped over a few times, ejected a child, and then went through a gap dividing the east and westbound lanes, landing three, four or more stories below.
Onlookers were horrified:
Three others inside the vehicle, including a 6-year-old girl, a 55-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, were hospitalized in serious to critical condition, stated Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
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The dead included one man, one woman and one child, he said.
It happened about 6:55 p.m., according to the LAFD. News footage showed the van on its side, and Humphrey said rescuers had to free trapped patients inside.
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The van had apparently been travelling east on the freeway when it flipped and went over the side. Witnesses said they heard a loud crash and screams after the accident, with gasoline covering Figueroa.
The official cause was under investigation by the CHP.
[Update at 11:51 a.m.]: A fourth victim, an adult, died in a hospital, coroner's coroner's Lt. Joe Bale told City News Service. ID's of the victims were not yet available.