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Southbound 405 shut down at Burbank Boulevard after crash

April 17, 2012 |  8:15 pm

This post has been updated. See note below.

The southbound 405 Freeway near Burbank Boulevard was shut down Tuesday night after a vehicle crashed into an overpass tower, the California Highway Patrol said.

The accident snarled traffic in both directions on the busy freeway.

One victim was trapped in the wreckage and was being rescued by firefighters, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The vehicle, possibly a Ford Explorer, was traveling at a high rate of speed and went over the center divider before slamming into the tower, the CHP said.

[Updated 8:31 p.m.: The victim has died and the coroner's office was responding, the CHP said.]

Initial reports from CHP officers on the scene said the vehicle exploded.

The southbound lanes were closed shortly after 7:30 p.m., but one lane was expected to be opened within the hour, according to the CHP.

No other details were immediately available.


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