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

October 27, 2010 |  9:59 pm

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