A father and daughter were dead and six other people were injured after a car crashed into a box truck on the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles fire officials said.
The 38-year-old driver of the car, identified by the coroner's office as Efrain Sifuentes Hurtado of Van Nuys, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol. His 6-year-old daughter, Luz Yanet Sifuentes, later died at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.
Sifuentes Hurtado's two other children, a 4-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, and their mother were also injured, fire officials said. The 4-year-old was hospitalized with major injuries, while the 1-year-old and the mother, Juana, suffered minor to moderate injuries and was in fair condition, according to the CHP.
Three people in the box truck, identified as Jose Sola, 52, Federico Pelen, 47, and Jose Garcia, 41, all received minor injuries, the CHP said.
The collision was reported at about 12:45 p.m. after Sifuentes' Ford Explorer crossed a dirt median and careened across several lanes of traffic into the path of the box truck. CHP officers closed all northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway at Sherman Way, where authorities said the SUV entered the freeway, for two hours.
All lanes of traffic were reopened Sunday evening.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.