One person was killed and a woman suffered burns to least 80 percent of her body when a vehicle overturned and caught fire Saturday on the Ventura (101) Freeway in Calabasas, the California Highway Patrol said.
The crash on the southbound 101 at the Malibu Canyon-Las Virgenes Road overpass was reported to the CHP at 8:32 a.m.
A mother and her 9-year-old daughter were involved in the accident, according to the Los Angeles Times. The young girl died after the mother rear-ended a big rig, then lost control of the vehicle, which then overturned and burst into flames.
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CHP officers said impatient drivers were making illegal turns on the freeway and exiting the freeway on the Kanan Road onramp, three miles in advance of the crash. Traffic reporters were advising L.A.-bound motorists on U.S. 101 to detour via Malibu or Simi Valley to avoid the blockade of the only major road between the Conejo and San Fernando valleys.
A Los Angeles County Fire dispatcher said paramedics rushed a woman -- with burns to 80 percent of her body -- to an area hospital.
A SigAlert was issued at 8:47 a.m. when officers closed all lanes of the eastbound freeway under Las Virgenes Road for an unknown duration, Jacobs said.
"All vehicles are exiting at Las Virgenes (Road)," he said.
After being routed through the signals at Las Virgenes, eastbound traffic was allowed to re- enter the freeway at the same interchange.