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Post-Carmageddon crashes snarl L.A. freeways

July 17, 2011 |  8:39 pm

Map shows location of fatal accident in red and other trouble spots in yellow. Click for an interactive version.
A motorcycle crashed on the Santa Monica Freeway near the Atlantic Boulevard exit Sunday night, killing a woman passenger and blocking all four lanes of the vital east-west interstate, the California Highway Patrol reported.

An arrest was made at the scene, presumably of the driver, who was the only other person involved in the single-vehicle accident, said CHP Officer Krystal Carter.

The cause of the accident and the reason for the arrest weren't immediately known, said Carter, as officers were still on the scene investigating.

Only the carpool lane was open on the westbound side of Interstate 10, and both the northbound and southbound Garfield Avenue onramps were closed because of the wreck, Carter said. The motorcycle crashed at 6:47 p.m., and a sig alert was issued half an hour later.

There was also traffic trouble on northbound Interstate 101 near the Rampart exit following a multivehicle accident called in at 7:29 p.m., Carter said. She said there were conflicting reports from the scene of four or possibly six cars involved in that crash that blocked one lane. Injuries were reported, but Carter said she didn't know how many or their severity.

Earlier in the evening, a solo vehicle crash on the northbound side of Interstate 405 briefly blocked one lane of that freeway near the Getty Center Drive exit. There were no injuries in that crash, and the sig alert was removed at 5:44 p.m., Carter said.

The accidents occurred hours after the closure of a 10-mile stretch of 405 Freeway concluded -- the much-feared but unrealized "Carmageddon" traffic nightmare that kept most motorists off the major highways of Southern California over the weekend.


Carmageddon: 'Planking' the 405 Freeway

Carmageddon ends: 405 Freeway reopens

Why drivers stayed off the roads during Carmageddon

-- Carol J. Williams

Map: Google map shows location of fatal accident in red and other trouble spots in yellow. Click for an interactive version.