One Killed in SB 101 Freeway Crash

The crash occurred in the southbound lanes near Cahuenga Boulevard

A motorist died in a wreck on the Hollywood (101)  Freeway in the Cahuenga Pass Tuesday. Lanes on the southbound 101 were closed as California Highway Patrol officers investigated.

The crash occurred in southbound lanes near Cahuenga Boulevard was reported  about 4:40 a.m. Authorities said the initial crash might have triggered other crashes.

Preliminary reports indicated that an SUV and small sedan collided near  the summit in the pass, causing the sedan to swerve into the median and the SUV  to drive up a lawn and into a tree near the Hollywood Bowl. Authorities withheld the name of the SUV's dead driver, a man about 30- 40 years of age, pending notification of his relatives, said Assistant Chief Ed  Winter of the coroner's office.

Traffic from the San Fernando Valley into Hollywood and downtown Los  Angeles was severely affected, with canyon roads overloaded with lines of cars  snaking their way across the Hollywood Hills. Overflow traffic jammed the  Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways and clogged alternate arteries  through the Los Feliz and Silver Lake areas. 

A SigAlert was issued at 5:29 a.m. as officers closed all southbound lanes. At least two lanes reopened at 7 a.m., and the entire freeway reopened at about 9 a.m.

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