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Bus fire closes 405 Freeway at rush hour

November 18, 2011 |  8:31 pm

A tour bus caught fire on the 405 Freeway north of Olympic Boulevard about 6:15 p.m., closing four southbound lanes to rush-hour traffic, authorities said Friday night.

Two lanes reopened at 7:20 p.m., but traffic remained backed up to the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Cracraft said driving was stop-and-go over the hill. All lanes will reopen as soon as the bus is towed, he added.

Two passengers were transferred to another bus that happened to be passing by, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. There were no injuries.

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