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Northbound 405 Freeway reopened after fatal accident involving Sheriff's Department vehicle

May 3, 2010 |  7:58 am

(KTLA-TV)All but two northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley have been reopened after an L.A. County Sheriff's Department vehicle struck a stopped pickup truck, killing the woman inside, authorities said.

The woman had been in an earlier collision, and her truck was stopped on the freeway with its lights off about 2 a.m. when the sheriff's car hit her car near the Devonshire Street exit, said Sgt. John Kepley of the Sheriff's Department.

The approximately 30-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, said California Highway Patrol Officer Krystal Carter.

The two sheriff’s deputies involved were taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where one was being treated for internal injuries, and from which the other was released with minor injuries, authorities said. Both deputies worked out of the Lennox Station.

Investigators did not know how fast the sheriff's vehicle was traveling at the time of the accident.

-- Robert Faturechi

Photo: KTLA