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Big-rig driver in 101 Freeway crash arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

February 1, 2011 | 11:01 am

Big_rig The driver of a big rig that slammed into the center divider of the 101 Freeway in Studio City during rush hour Tuesday morning was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, the California Highway Patrol said.

At one point after the 6 a.m. accident, traffic was backed up for miles, and vehicles stuck on the freeway were diverted to the far right shoulder as workers cleaned up the wreckage.

A SigAlert was lifted at 10 a.m., when all lanes were opened, said a CHP spokesman.

The big rig hauling two trailers filled with sand slammed into the divider just north of the 170 Freeway split. It struck several vehicles on the westbound side before bouncing back to the eastbound lanes and landing on top of a sport utility vehicle, witnesses told investigators.

The drivers of the big rig and the SUV were hospitalized, officials said.


Eastbound 101 Freeway remains closed after big-rig crash

101 Freeway closed by multi-vehicle big-rig accident

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: A California Highway Patrol officer surveys the damage after a big rig collided with a passenger vehicle. Credit: Shawn Kaye