Car drives onto sidewalk, plows into homeless encampment in Koreatown; 4 taken to hospital

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Four people were hospitalized after a car crashed into a homeless encampment in Koreatown Tuesday morning.

The incident was reported about 6 a.m. after a vehicle traveled onto the sidewalk in the 500 block of South Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Nicholas Prange stated in a news alert.

The car that hit the encampment was involved in a crash with another vehicle just before it lost control and drove onto the sidewalk, LAFD Assistant Chief Antoine McKnight said.

Paramedics initially identified a total of five patients, including one who was still trapped underneath the vehicle, Prange said.

The unidentified 65-year-old man was awake and conscious when rescue crews arrived but his legs were pinned under the car, McKnight said.

An LAFD heavy rescue unit was called to the scene to remove the vehicle and free the trapped patient.

A couch the man had been resting on at the time of the crash apparently helped cushion the impact, McKnight said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for possible severe injuries resulting from the incident, he said.

Three people who were inside the car at the time of the crash were also transported to a hospital.

McKnight said all of their injuries were minor.

It was unclear if perhaps a fourth person was inside the vehicle at the time of the crash and is unaccounted for, McKnight said.

No injuries were reported by anyone in the second vehicle involved in the collision.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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