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1 dead and 3 injured after vehicle veers off 405 Freeway and crashes into homeless encampment in Van Nuys

1 dead and 3 injured after vehicle veers off 405 Freeway and crashes into homeless encampment in Van Nuys
The crash occurred on an embankment off the southbound 405 Freeway near Sherman Way, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. (OnScene.TV)

A vehicle veered off the side of the 405 Freeway on Tuesday evening and landed in a homeless encampment, killing one person and injuring three others.

The vehicle was traveling along the southbound 405 Freeway near Sherman Way in Van Nuys when it went off the road, according to Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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The crash was reported about 6:15 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to a hospital in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries, Stewart said.

Of the three people struck by the vehicle, one person was pronounced dead, and two people were taken to a hospital in serious-to-critical condition, Stewart said.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert and said the No. 4 lane on the far right side of the southbound 405 Freeway was closed.

It's unclear what led to the crash.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Twitter: @MattHjourno

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