Two Good Samaritans cut a man out of his overturned, burning car after it went through a center median on the San Diego (405) Freeway near Encino today.
The crash took place about 3:10 a.m. on the northbound 405 Freeway, just north of its junction with the Ventura (101) Freeway, as the vehicle smashed through the concrete center divider into southbound lanes.
CHP officers were forced to close all the entire southbound 405, and half of the northbound lanes, at U.S. 101 while repairs to the center median were undertaken and debris cleaned up, said CHP Officer Monica Posada.
``I expect the north and southbound lanes will remain closed for several more hours,'' Posada said at 7 a.m.
Two good Samaritans, Khoren Moughalian and Jason Abraham, stopped at the crash and cut the unidentified driver out of his car which had caught on fire after it overturned, according to broadcast media reports.
Moughalian, an off-duty security guard, used his pocket knife to cut the driver's seat belt to free the injured man, according to media reports.
The injured driver, whose condition was not known, was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. No other injuries were reported, according to the CHP.
The crash remained under investigation by the CHP, Posada said.