WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – A woman died and two others were seriously injured in a vehicle crash Wednesday on the Ventura (101) Freeway in Woodland Hills.
Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded at 12:28 a.m. to the northbound 101 Freeway and the Shoup Avenue off ramp where they discovered an SUV had driven off the freeway and crashed down an embankment, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball told City News Service.
The CHP reported that three people were trapped underneath the vehicle and the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to assist in freeing them from the wreckage.
According to the CHP, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed — 80 to 90 mph — when it struck the center divider before landing in the embankment.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Information on her identity was not immediately available.
Two others were taken to the hospital with serious injuries according to media reports.
The SUV collided with a big rig and the driver of the big rig sustained minor injuries in the crash, Fox 11 is reporting.
The freeway lanes are expected to be closed from Topanga Canyon Boulevard through Woodland Hills for several hours while police investigate the crash.