Southbound 405 reclosed at National Boulevard after CHP officer crash
A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was making a traffic stop on the 405 Freeway when he was struck by a vehicle speeding along the shoulder, forcing officials to close the freeway in both directions, authorities said Wednesday.
CHP Officer Mark Garrett said the officer had pulled over a Honda sport utility vehicle at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday when an Infiniti sedan came barreling down the shoulder, hitting him and the SUV.
The northbound lanes of the freeway remained closed just before noon Wednesday as investigators worked to determine what happened.
The southbound were re-opened after being closed for more than an hour after the crash but were closed again around 11:30 a.m. to allow a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter to land on the freeway to pick up CHP investigators so they could take aerial photographs, Garrett said.
Garrett said the southbound lanes would be reopened when the work was finished.
He did not know when the northbound lanes would be opened and did not know the condition of the officer, who was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.
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Top photo: California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department officers and firefighters survey the scene where a CHP officer was involved in a crash on the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway just North of Palms Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Officers walk near the CHP officer's mangled motorcycle after the crash. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times