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Two die in apparent wrong-way crash on Santa Monica Freeway

January 28, 2009 |  6:16 am

Gridlock on westbound 10 freeway Two people were killed this morning after an apparent wrong-way driver triggered a fiery crash on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, CHP officers said.

Police received reports of a driver traveling west in the eastbound lanes just after 5 a.m., police said. Soon after, that driver crashed into another vehicle near National Boulevard, causing one to burst into flames, CHP Officer Jennifer Connelly said.

Police confirm two men in their 30s were killed in the crash.  A third person was in critical condition. Connelly would not say whether the driver who caused the crash was one of the fatalities. All eastbound lanes heading toward downtown Los Angeles were closed indefinitely and the Nos. 1 and 2 westbound lanes would be closed for an hour to allow emergency vehicles to approach the scene, Connelly said.

Traffic was backed up to the 405 Freeway following the collision. It was not immediately known if alcohol was involved in the crash.

--From KTLA.com

Photo: Motorists on the westbound 10 Freeway experience a jammed commute after a crash on the eastbound side of the freeway near National Boulevard. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times