Driver, Dog Killed in Fiery Crash on 405 Freeway That Prompted Lanes Closures

At least one person was inside the car, which was aflame in a construction zone

One person and a dog were killed early Saturday morning during a fiery crash on the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash on the northbound freeway at Santa Monica Boulevard (map) was reported at 5:11 a.m.

A driver stopped in a construction zone, where the vehicle burst into flames. It wasn’t clear if the car was already on fire when the driver stopped, or if the fire began after the vehicle pulled over, according to CHP Officer Ed Jacobs.

The motorist's gender was not immediately known, an LA Fire Department spokeswoman said.

The victim was pronounced dead by responding paramedics at 5:32 a.m., according to the CHP's traffic website.

A SigAlert was issued at 5:52 a.m. closing the three left-hand lanes for approximately one hour.


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