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2 women killed when van plunges from California bridge

Two women were killed on Feb. 4 when a van flipped over a Los Angeles bridge and landed on the center median of the freeway below. Two men were also injured in the accident.

According to authorities, a 60-year-old man was speeding on Barham Boulevard in Universal City around 7:20 p.m. when he attempted a hard right turn and lost control of the vehicle. The van then broke through a barrier near the Barham Boulevard bridge, launched over the northbound lanes of 101 Freeway and landed on the center median, where it smashed into a second vehicle.

The driver of the van was injured in the crash. His two female passengers, ages 50 and 60, were killed. The driver of the second vehicle, a 48-year-old man, was also injured. A third vehicle sustained minor damage in the collision, but none of its occupants were hurt. Traffic was backed up for miles as emergency crews cleared the scene.

Each year, thousands of people are killed in auto accidents across the United States. Police investigate the scene of serious crashes to determine the cause. In many cases, these types of accidents occur due to a driver being negligent in some fashion, such as speeding, texting or talking on a cellphone, or being impaired by alcohol or drugs. In such cases, the surviving family members of people who are killed may want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for their losses through a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the at-fault motorist. Damages that are often sought include reimbursement of funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and loss of financial contribution.

Source: Los Angeles, "2 Dead, 2 Critical After Van Reportedly Goes Over 101 Freeway Overpass In 3-Car Crash," Feb. 4, 2017

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