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Three injured, southbound 101 Freeway briefly shut down by five-car crash

January 30, 2011 | 12:52 pm

Three people were injured, one gravely, in a five-car pileup that shut down the southbound 101 Freeway for nearly an hour Sunday, as rain from an approaching cold front began to fall in the Southland.

The crash occurred about 9:58 a.m. near Barham Boulevard in the Cahuenga Pass, said Officer Francisco Villalobos of the California Highway Patrol. One of those injured had to be extricated from a vehicle by firefighters.

The victims, whose names were not released, were transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Two sustained only minor injuries, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The circumstances of the accident are still being investigated, Villalobos said. Southbound lanes of the 101, including the Barham onramp, were closed until nearly 11 a.m.

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