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A crash on the 5 Freeway transition to the 710 Freeway left one dead on June 28, 2014, and multiple road closures in effect. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Motorists seeking to avoid traffic-tie ups at the 5- and 710-freeway interchange after a fatal accident at a construction site early Saturday are advised to use the northbound 405 Freeway, if possible.

A motorist plowed into an overpass construction site on the northbound 5 Freeway in the city of Commerce about 2 a.m., killing the driver and injuring the passenger. The Dodge Magnum slammed into temporary supports for a 710 Freeway bridge-widening project.

The accident resulted in the shutdown of a portion of the northbound 5 Freeway north of Atlantic Boulevard as well as the closure of all but the No. 1 lane of the northbound 710 Freeway. Caltrans said all lanes of the northbound 710 are now open and the northbound 5 will open around 9 p.m.

“It’s, like, right in the center of everything,” CHP Officer Peter Bishop said of the crash site. “It’s backing up everywhere.”

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