Suspected DUI Driver in Custody After Deadly Crash on NB 405 Freeway Near LAX

Northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were temporarily closed Saturday morning after a deadly crash, and a driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The crash happened just after 3:30 a.m. at Century Boulevard on the northbound side of the freeway, according to CHP. One of the cars involved burst into flames.

A person died at the scene, CHP said. It was not immediately clear if that person was outside of his or her vehicle, or if the person was ejected.

CHP said a driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

What led up to the crash was not immediately clear.

The crash prompted the closure of all northbound lanes near LAX early Saturday morning. Three northbound lanes remained closed just before 8 a.m. for the investigation, but all lanes were reopened later Saturday morning, CHP said.

A second crash snarled traffic on the southbound side of the freeway in that same area early Saturday morning, a county fire dispatcher said. Two people were taken to hospitals from that crash, which involved four cars.

The southbound lanes, which were first closed at 4:41 a.m., were re-opened at 7:58 a.m., according to CHP Officer Dion Conley.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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