2 Women Killed, 2 Men Injured After Van Lands on Southbound 101 Freeway

Two women were killed and two men were critically injured after a van careened off of an overpass and onto the 101 Freeway in Hollywood on Saturday night.

The van broke through a barrier near the Barham Boulevard overpass and launched onto the northbound 101 Freeway lanes. The van, which was traveling nearly double the 35 mph speed limit on Barham Boulevard, flew more than 30 feet and across five lanes of traffic, officials said. 

It eventually landed on the center median and on top of a second vehicle in the southbound lanes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Three people were inside the van, two of which died on scene. The third person, a 60-year-old man, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The second vehicle was driven by a 48-year-old man who was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.

A third vehicle suffered minor damage. That driver was not injured.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert at 7:45 p.m. for the southbound 101 Freeway at Barham Boulevard.

All lanes were expected to be shut down for at least 90 minutes. All southbound traffic was being diverted at Lankershim Boulevard.

As of 11:30 p.m., only one southbound lane had been reopened. 

The cause of the crash will be determined by the Los Angeles Police Department and CHP investigation.

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