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Woman killed, 2-year-old boy injured in 118 Freeway crash

A 2-year-old boy was recuperating Monday after being injured in a two-car crash on the 118 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley that left a woman dead.

The 23-year-old Reseda woman was driving with the toddler Sunday at 7 p.m. on the 118 heading west near the 5 Freeway when her vehicle's rear passenger-side door hit the front right tire of another vehicle traveling in the same direction, California Highway Patrol said.

The woman's vehicle hit a guard rail and went airborne, CHP said, and its roof hit a metal pole between the two freeways.

Los Angeles firefighters managed to pull the toddler — who was in a car seat — from the wreckage, but fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said the woman was "very badly trapped ... beyond help" and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy suffered minor injuries and was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, officials said.

The other vehicle — carrying a 31-year-old woman, an 11-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl, all from Whittier — was able to safely stop without anyone inside getting hurt, CHP said.

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-- Kate Mather

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