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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.

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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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