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Three killed, one injured in multi-vehicle collision on eastbound 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks

Three people involved in a three-vehicle crash on the eastbound 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks early Sunday were killed in a second collision after they exited their cars, authorities said.

At around 2 a.m. the drivers of a 2004 Hyundai, 1993 Toyota and Dodge were involved in a crash west of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard on the eastbound 101 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said. All three center lanes of traffic were blocked by the wrecked cars, authorities said.

Three male drivers and one female passenger exited the cars shortly after the crash and were about to exchange information when a 2000 BMW crashed into the cars, killing two male drivers and the female passenger, CHP officials said. The driver of the Dodge vehicle, identified by the CHP as Sun Valley resident Antulio Aju, 30, escaped the second collision by fleeing toward the right shoulder, they said.

A Sig Alert was issued around 2:30 a.m. for three of the eastbound lanes until they were reopened at 7:22 a.m., authorities said.

Haik Madoyan, 25, of Glendale, who was driving the 2000 BMW, suffered moderate injuries. He was detained by officers, but CHP officials did not say why. His condition is unknown. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has not released the names of two men and woman killed pending notification of their families.

Details about what led to both collisions were still under investigation, CHP said.

-- Ruben Vives

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Dear all motorists:

In the aftermath of an accident, be it on the freeway or
city street, for your absolute safety, REMAIN SEATED &
BUCKLED IN/DOWN, then call 911!!!!!! Do NOT EVER EXIT
of MULTIPLE LIVES & LEARN TO COMPLY with what CalTrans &
CA Highway Patrol stress on!!! SLOW DOWN!!! LOOK AHEAD,
instead of at your cel phones!!! We each live only ONCE!!!

CalTrans & CHP CARE about you!

Move to the right of the road to exchange information.

Very sad, if the cars were able to be moved, they should have moved them out of the lanes of traffic before trying to exchange information. This has happened several times. Were the car hazard lights on. Even with that, I don't know if the other drivers would have seen the wreck and had time to stop. At 2:00am, a lot of drivers are under the influence or half asleep.

The is a terrible for the all those involved.

One important thing to remember is to stay in your vehicle until law enforcement or emergency crews are on-scene to control the traffic flow.

And this is why you pull over to the side, kids.

This is sad and avoidable. LA is the only place I have ever been where people exchange information on the FREEWAY! Self-awareness.

Regardless of who is at fault here, everyone should be reminded that they should try to get their vehicles off the freeway and onto the shoulder before exiting. Be reminded that slowing from sixty to zero definitely takes some time. At 2 a.m. on a Saturday night, none of us can assume that other drivers are not impaired by fatigue or overcelebration.

I was traveling the 101N on Thursday. drove by 3 different crashes in one day in one direction. I also witnessed several people driving at least 30 MPH more than the speed limit of 65 MPH in heavy traffic. Weaving in and out, offering no signaling, and getting nowhere fast, only creating a dangerous situation for everyone. I might add, these people are usually driving very high priced cars and SUV's also. What is going on?

I drove right by this accident scene that night (morning) with my buddy right by Coldwater Canyon and saw all these kids standing by the wreckage. We commented to each other about how dangerous it was for them to be dtanding where they were since it had just happened and there was no paramedics or Police at the scene. It sucks to know that moments after we saw them all alive, they were killed.


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