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2-Car Freeway Collision Careens into Transient Encampment, Killing 1

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A crash between two vehicles left an apparent transient dead this morning during rush hour in North Hollywood. Around 7:53 a.m., the vehicles traveling eastbound on the 134 freeway collided, leaving the freeway over the side where an encampment was set up behind the McDonalds at Riverside Drive and Lankershim Boulevard. "He just happened to be there at the wrong place at the wrong time," explained California Highway Patrol Officer Miguel Luevano over the phone.

The crash also caused a small brush fire, which was quickly extinguished. L.A. Fire Department paramedics pronounced the unidentified man dead at 8:15 a.m. The two drivers suffered minor injuries, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey,

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The right two lanes of the eastbound 134 freeway are closed and are expected to last at least an hour, Luevano said at 9:45 a.m.