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Eastbound 101 Freeway remains closed after big-rig crash

February 1, 2011 |  8:50 am

The eastbound 101 Freeway will remain closed for at least another hour at Laurel Canyon Boulevard after a big rig slammed into the center divider early Tuesday and landed on top of a sport utility vehicle.

Click-here-for-an-interactive-map-showing-the-location-of-the-accident Four eastbound lanes and one westbound lane were closed after the accident about 6 a.m. near the 134 Freeway in Studio City. The Laurel Canyon onramp also was closed just before 7 a.m.

The fifth lane and right shoulder of the eastbound freeway have been reopened to divert traffic during the morning rush hour, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Connolly.

The big rig hauling two trailers filled with sand slammed in the divider just north of the 170 Freeway split. According to witnesses, the truck partially went through the center divider, struck several vehicles on the westbound side, bounced back to the eastbound lanes and landed on top of an SUV.

The driver of the SUV was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital. The driver suffered major, nonfatal injuries, officials said.


101 Freeway closed by multi-vehicle big-rig accident

-- Nate Jackson