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405 crash causes Westside traffic nightmare; CHP officer seriously hurt

June 9, 2010 | 11:04 am

 Traffic was backed up for miles because of a crash on the 405 Freeway near the 10 Freeway that left a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer with serious injuries.

The 405 was closed in both directions for about an hour, but officials announced the southbound lanes have been reopened.

405 Closed After Accident involving CHP OfficerCHP Officer Mark Garrett said northbound lanes of the freeway were still closed and that traffic was being diverted at the 10 as investigators continued to look into the cause of the crash.

Garrett said he did not know the condition of the officer, who was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

Traffic was backed up for miles on both sides of the 405 after the 8:35 a.m. crash, and some surface streets were also jammed.

Watch video here.

-- Kate Linthicum

Top photo: The northbound closure of the 405 Freeway caused a traffic nightmare for commuters. Credit: Jordan Dawes

Bottom photo: An aerial view of the accident scene. Credit: KTLA