Big rig driver who caused 101 crash not charged with drunk driving
The big rig driver who slammed into the center divider of the 101 Freeway in Studio City during rush hour Tuesday morning was released with no charges filed, authorities said.
The driver, whose name was not released, was detained shortly after the accident in the eastbound lanes of the 101 Freeway. He was treated for minor injuries. One other motorist was critically injured in the crash.
At one point after the 6 a.m. accident, traffic was backed up for miles and vehicles stuck on the freeway were diverted to the far right shoulder as workers cleaned up the wreckage. The lanes were reopened at 10 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The big rig hauling two trailers filled with sand slammed into the divider just north of the 170 Freeway split. It struck several vehicles on the westbound side before bouncing back to the eastbound lanes and landing on top of a sport utility vehicle, witnesses told investigators.
-- Nate Jackson