Driver Hospitalized After Tree Falls, Triggers Crash on 405 Fwy in Sherman Oaks Amid Wild Weather

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A large eucalyptus tree fell across a 405 Freeway on-ramp in Sherman Oaks, causing a multivehicle crash that left a driver hospitalized on Thursday afternoon, the California highway Patrol said.

A vehicle is damaged after a tree fell on an onramp of the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks on Feb. 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)
A vehicle is damaged after a tree fell on an onramp of the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks on Feb. 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident was reported on the southbound 405 at the Burbank Boulevard on-ramp just before 1:30 p.m., according to CHP’s incident log.

Although initial reports to the agency indicated the tree struck three vehicles, CHP later indicated the cars were involved in a collision after the tree fell. One vehicle — a Ford-150 — appeared to have been hit by a branch, and the glass of its windshield was shattered, a photo from the scene showed.

A tree is seen knocked over along the 405 Freeway on Feb. 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)
A tree is seen knocked over along the 405 Freeway on Feb. 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Three people were medically evaluated at the scene and one driver was taken to a hospital, according to CHP.

Multiple lanes were blocked on the freeway in the aftermath of the incident, Sky5 aerial video showed. Traffic was jammed in the area near the 101 interchange, which is already among the busiest in the U.S.

The  Burbank onramp to the southbound 405 was expected to remain closed until at least 3:30 p.m. as crews worked to remove branches and other bits of debris from the road, according to CHP.

As of 2:40 p.m., all lanes of the southbound 405 had been reopened.

The incident took place as rain, snow and hail were reported around the Southland.

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