2 Separate Collisions Disrupt Traffic on 405 Freeway at Sepulveda Pass

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A Sigalert was issued by the California Highway Patrol on Friday morning after two separate collisions, one of them fatal, occurred on the 405 Freeway at the Sepulveda Pass (map), authorities said.


Los Angeles firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers responded to a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound side of the 405 Freeway in Sepulveda Pass on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

The first crash, on the southbound side of the freeway, involved a white minivan that apparently spun out and caught fire shortly before 6:30 a.m. Two lanes on the southbound side remained blocked after Los Angeles Fire Department personnel extinguished the blaze, Sky5 video showed.

Less than ten minutes later, a second collision occurred on the northbound side of the freeway, where four vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash, the Fire Department said. One person died and two others were injured in the collision.

Two hours after the first crash, all southbound lanes were open on the freeway at Skirball Center Drive. Three northbound lanes remained closed as a cleanup and investigation were underway.