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Big-rig driver in Westside crash dies of apparent heart attack

The driver of a semitruck involved in an eight-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles has died, authorities said.

William Bradfield, 58, of Huntington Beach is believed to have suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel of his big rig.

Bradfield was northbound on the 405 about 4:30 p.m. when he lost control near National Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck collided with several other vehicles before it came to a stop at Santa Monica Boulevard.

Bradfield was treated by paramedics at the scene, then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Other people involved in the pile-up suffered minor to moderate injuries, police said.

The northbound lanes of the freeway were reopened about 90 minutes after the crash.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

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It was probably a blessing that the simi crashed when it did. At 4:30 p.m. traffic is usually at a crawl along the 405. It's a shame the driver lost his life. My condolences to he and his loved ones.

You are dearly loved and missed William "Brad" Bradfield. And correction on the article he was only 45 years old.
You will always be with us in spirit.
And praying for a fast recovery for those injured.


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