Two people were killed and two others injured Thursday when a pickup truck crashed into a car that had stalled on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway near the La Brea Avenue exit in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.

Paramedics responded about 4:20 a.m. and located four patients, two of whom were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the two people who were killed were passengers in a Nissan Altima that had stalled in the No. 3 lane and that was then rear-ended by the truck.

The driver of the Nissan, a man in his 40s, suffered major injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to the CHP and the LAFD. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, the CHP reported.

A SigAlert was issued for the Nos. 2, 3 & 4 lanes of the westbound freeway east of Hauser Boulevard, and the Washington Boulevard exit was also blocked while an investigation was conducted. Some lanes remained closed three hours after the crash.

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