Carmageddon: 'It was beautiful ... the best drive I've had in years,' motorist says
Midway through their trip from San Clemente to Los Angeles for the soccer match between Real Madrid and the Galaxy, it became clear to the Tolosa family that they had allowed far too much time to accommodate the potential traffic brought on by the feared "Carmageddon."
He and family got to their destination three hours early.
"It was beautiful," said Gary Tolosa, a beatific grin on his face, as he stood outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "We came from San Clemente on the 5, and it was the best drive I've had in years."
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By the time the family had zipped to the 710 Freeway, sans obstruction, it was obvious a detour was in order.
Gary, his two children and his father arrived just outside the stadium, with hundreds of other early birds, around 2:30 pm. Joe Tolosa lay on his back on the cool grass to take a nap.
He said he knew it would be all right from the start.
"They were well prepared, as you can see," he said, a blue cap bearing the family's Spanish name on his head. "The only people who would have had a problem were those who were out of town and didn't read the newspapers or watch TV."
-- Hector Becerra at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Photo: The Marina and 405 Freeway interchange is nearly deserted over Camageddon weekend. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times