HOLLYWOOD HILLS—A crash near the southbound 101 freeway in Hollywood Hills left two women dead and left two men in critical condition on Saturday, February 4.

The collision took place just before 7:20 p.m., the California Highway Patrol noted. A van carrying three passengers (two women, ages 50 and 60, and one man, age 60) crossed over a barrier onto the northbound highway near the Barham Boulevard overpass, striking another vehicle driven by a 48 year-old man. Both women were killed at the scene of the collision; their passenger and the driver of the other vehicle sustained critical injuries.

Officials have not yet disclosed the names of the victims. A third vehicle was also hit, though none of its passengers were affected. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

“A van broke through a barrier near the Barham Boulevard overpass and launched over the northbound 101 Freeway lanes and landed on the center median and into a second vehicle on the southbound lanes causing significant damage to both vehicles,” said Erik Scott from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Around 9:30 p.m., approximately two hours after the crash, officials closed off all southbound lanes near Barham Boulevard and Highland Avenue. California Highway Patrol (CHP) released a SigReport about the incident. Firefighters retrieved all victims from the overturned van and lifted the vehicle to ensure no others were trapped underneath.

Lanes re-opened to motorists after 1:00 a.m.