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Fatal multiple-vehicle collision snarls traffic on 101 Freeway near Sepulveda Boulevard

February 24, 2010 | 10:23 pm

An eight-vehicle collision resulted in one fatality and snarled traffic Wednesday night on the eastbound 101 Freeway near Sepulveda Boulevard, authorities said.Accident Scene

One of the vehicles involved was a big-rig truck. Only one eastbound lane was open as of 10 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said. The accident was reported about 9:30 p.m.

At least one other person was in critical condition and trapped in a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The lanes are expected to be closed for at least two hours, the CHP said. The freeway was wet from a light drizzle at the time of the accident.

The CHP said investigators were at the scene awaiting the arrival of a coroner's unit.

-- Robert J. Lopez