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

May 23, 2010 | 12:14 pm

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