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105 Freeway shut down as motorists watch shuttle Endeavour

September 21, 2012 | 12:52 pm

The 105 Freeway near Los Angeles International Airport was shut down as motorists stopped and got out of their cars to see the space shuttle Endeavour fly by.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert at 12:41 p.m., saying traffic had come to a halt at Sepulveda Boulevard. It's unclear when the freeway would reopen.

Photos from Twitter show motorists standing outside their cars on the freeway taking photos.

Some officials had expressed concern that Friday's flyover would prompt some "gawking and driving" — overzealous onlookers who might stop their cars along freeways or city streets to snap photos.

"Obviously we want people to take in this majestic show," Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Scott Kroeber said. "But if you're driving, please drive and don't try to take in the show simultaneously. We don't want this to be the mother of all distracted driving incidents."


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