Deadly Crash on NB 101 Freeway Prompts Temporary Closure Through Woodland Hills

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A fatal crash shut down part of the 101 Freeway through Woodland Hills on Nov. 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

A fatal crash shut down part of the 101 Freeway through Woodland Hills on Nov. 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

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A fiery crash left one person dead on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills Thursday morning, prompting officials to temporarily close multiple northbound lanes, officials said.

The incident began just before 5 a.m. when the driver of  2019 Toyota 86 sedan lost control in the No. 4 lane for unknown reasons, crashed into the center divider near De Soto Avenue, and came to rest across the No. 1 and 2 lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, the sole occupant of the Toyota and only described as a 26-year-old woman, then exited the car and stood on the No. 1 lane, CHP said.

An oncoming driver of  a 2001 Nissan Frontier pickup tried to avoid crashing on the No. 2 lane, but ended up striking the woman and the Toyota, officials said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nissan driver, Rufino BatresMoran of Van Nuys, suffered minor injuries and complained of back pain, according to CHP.

A vehicle erupted in flames as traffic on the freeway came to a stop. It’s unclear which car caught fire.

The Nos. 1, 2 and 3 lanes were closed for about three hours.

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