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