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405 crash causes Westside traffic nightmare; CHP officer seriously hurt

 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

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open 2 lanes atleast.. ridiculous

If it is found that this accident was caused by a car driving down the shoulder, I can only hope that the driver faces a very harsh penalty. Drivers who go full speed down a shoulder to get around traffic are monsters whose actions are no different from that of pointing a gun into a crowd and firing. After all, you're not trying to hurt any one specific person, right? Anybody who has driven on a freeway has seen this before. I can't imagine the penalties for driving on the shoulder match the potential for hurting people. If drivers are not punished severely for this type of crime, they will just keep doing it.

Can we get these people some coffee and donuts while they display their sick control of power over the citizens of Los Angeles by closing one of LA's busiest freeways in BOTH directions??

This is a disgusting display of power being expressed by law enforcement. They don't even call out the MAI Team (Major Accident Investigation Team) for fatal accident investigations. What is the justification here? Does law enforcement want to show us an injured officer is more important than someone else?

I've seen accidents worse than this on the 110, without police involvement and no freeway closure.

Smells like double standard to me.

How late for his appointment now is that clown in the Infinity??? Cosmo you need to lighten up.. I hope their collecting every bit of evidence they need to get drivers like this guy off the road.

I passed by this accident on my way to the airport and it looked horrific!! Why don't those of you who don't like being stuck in traffic move somewhere else? If it had been you in the wreck I think you'd be more considerate!! Where's your compassion?

People should not make these harsh comments unless they know the FULL COMPLETE circumstances behind this. Thoughts and prayers to all involved families!

Ridiculous! I was stuck in this nightmare at 4pm. How can law enforcement justify this? A non officer involved accident would not get this treatment.

I strongly agree with you cosmo, If it would have been a regular joe like you and me they would not have done all this, but since it was an officer of the law its a whole nother story

In the fall of 1987, a small fire in the Sepulveda pass during the p.m. rush hour caused the same traffic nightmare all over the west side. Getting from Brentwood to Studio City was indeed a nightmare. If not for a little-known fire road across the mountains, it would have taken me a lot longer than two and a half hours to get home. I think you've hit the nail on the head, Cosmo. Did they microfilm every square inch of pavement?

The freeway was shut down because there was a possible fatality. The CHP will shut down any road in which a fatality is possible or actual. The CHP officer has sustained spinal cord damage, brain stem damage, and a heart attack at the scene. The officer involved is still battling to stay alive. Have some compassion for a man that has given 27 years of his life to keep this highway safe for your daily commute. For those of you that truly believe that they abused their power by shutting down the freeway, then write your governor. You will have to use your real name though. I don't think Arnold will believe that you are Cosmo Kramer.

For the idiots that have no compassion for law enforcement, god help you if your life or the life of a loved one is ever in danger.


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