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Southbound 405 reclosed at National Boulevard after CHP officer crash

June 9, 2010 | 12:26 pm

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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.

159158.ME.0609.freeway-closed.7.ALS The crash snarled traffic on the freeway for hours and sent four people to the hospital, including the officer.

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.

Television footage showed the crushed CHP motorcycle tangled with the two vehicles at the National offramp, near the intersection of the 405 and 10 Freeways.

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.

-- Kate Linthicum and Andrew Blankstein

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

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