Authorities said three people had gotten out of their cars on the freeway after getting into an accident. As they were exchanging information, another car plowed into them.
Two men and woman were killed. Three other people suffered injuries.
The deadly crash blocked lanes created chaos on the freeway.A CHP officer at the scene reported at 2:42 a.m. that motorists were making U-turns in the middle of the freeway to get to an exit.
The CHP then requested and received traffic control assistance from the Los Angeles police, who began diverting traffic off the Woodman Avenue exit. The freeway was reopened just after 7:30 a.m.
A death investigation by the CHP was currently underway at the scene.