A Caltrans worker suffered major injuries Wednesday morning when a steel beam fell on the 405 Freeway in Seal Beach, prompting an hourslong closure of the interstate in both directions, authorities said. All lanes were reopened as of 7:30 a.m.
The incident occurred about 2:45 a.m. at a construction site at the 605 Freeway interchange (map), said Dave Richardson, a Caltrans spokesman.
A crew was setting up multiple 130-foot beams at the location when one of the objects fell, Richardson said. The injured worker had been on the beam at the time of the accident.
The Long Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the worker to a hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol. His condition was not immediately known. Authorities had initially said two Caltrans employees were injured.
Traffic was backed up for miles as a result of the closure. Northbound lanes were reopened shortly before 7 a.m.; the southbound side was reopened about thirty minutes later.
Commuters on the 405 were diverted onto the northbound 605 during the shutdown.