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101 Freeway closed by multi-vehicle big-rig accident [Updated]

Click-here-for-an-interactive-map-showing-the-location-of-the-accident The 101 Freeway eastbound was closed in Studio City on Tuesday morning after a big rig hit the center divider.

According to the L.A. Fire Department, multiple lanes on the 101 at Laurel Canyon Boulevard were blocked after the big rig hit other vehicles. The LAFD said 20 firefighters were on scene and that one person was seriously injured.

The California Highway Patrol said eastbound lanes of the 101 were closed just before the 170/134 interchange. It was unclear when the accident would be cleared.

Witnesses said traffic had come to a complete halt. [Updated at 7:11 a.m.: The CHP says only one lane is open on the 101 and that accident won't be cleared until after 9 a.m.]

[Updated at 11:32 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly labled the 134 Freeway as the 136 Freeway.]

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Photo: A California Highway Patrol officer surveys the damage after a big rig collided with a passenger vehicle. Credit: Shawn Kaye

 
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And this provides a swarm of news helicopters with an excuse to hover over my apt. building starting at 6:45. That's okay. I didn't need to sleep. Why would I expect to get any sleep in the L.A. area?

OMG.....how could anyone in the blue car survive???? Whomever was injured I pray they recover fully.

"The California Highway Patrol said eastbound lanes of the 101 were closed just before the 170/136 interchange."

Isn't the 101 a North/South freeway technically?

@Robert yes it is but in that area of Sherman Village is runs East/West for some reason I couldn't figure out myself.

Anyway I hope the person who's injured survives and has a full recovery.

That looks like a terrible accident. I imagine the driver or a passenger in the blue car was the injured person. Hope they have a speedy recovery.

It's the 134 freeway--not 136, and the 101/134 run east-west, north-south and even diagonally. One really has to be careful when giving out-of-towners directions to follow the 101 North-South, because at some point it does turn to the 101 West-East. Very confusing, not to mention the "Hollywood Freeway," which includes the 101 and 170, and then the 134 Ventura Freeway turns into the 101 Ventura Freeway. It sure was a mess this morning, no matter which one you were on.

I'm with you sleepy smurf; that dang helicopter hovered over my building for almost an hour. It was the most annoying thing ever. Perhaps why I'm sitting at my desk yawning right now!

Even the signs for the 101 get confused. The surface streets might say east or west but when you hit the on-ramp it would say either north or south.

there also must have been a big accident on the 101 at the 23 interchange this morning, the 23 South was stopped all the way back to Tierra Rejeda at 8:30


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