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March 24, 2013 | By Bob Pool
A driver shot on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles was hospitalized in critical condition as officials searched for the gunman The victim, whose identity hasn't been released, was thrown from a car after being shot twice, investigators said.  The shooting occurred at about 5 p.m. between 8th and 9th streets, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. Police were searching for the shooter, who fled in a burgundy or gray Toyota Camry with its rear window blown out. Although officials had indicated that southbound freeway lanes might be closed for eight hours while investigators searched for clues, the two lanes closest to the center divider were reopened by about 7:15 p.m. Caltrans freeway cameras showed that traffic, backed up more than a mile, was loosening up and traffic was moving at normal speeds by 8 p.m. Investigators were attempting to determine whether the shooting might be gang-related and whether multiple perpetrators were involved, LAPD Sgt. John Kirkpatrick said.
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September 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The driver of a speeding vehicle was killed early Saturday when the vehicle crashed into a wall on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica and burst into flames, authorities said. The 2001 Ford Mustang was westbound on the freeway when the unidentified driver lost control and struck a metal guardrail, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Mustang then went up an embankment and hit the concrete wall before catching fire at about 1:35 a.m. The car's two other passengers exited the vehicle while the driver remained trapped inside, authorities said.  A 2008 Audi was unable to avoid the Mustang and struck the burning car as well as another vehicle on the freeway.
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March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The 110 Freeway was closed at the 405 Freeway in Carson because of flooding, Caltrans District 7 announced on its Twitter feed shortly before 6 p.m. The storm that hit Southern California on Saturday is expected to drop nearly 6 inches on downtown Los Angeles - and more in the mountains and hillside areas - by the time it moves on toward the Midwest and Northeast. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for parts of Glendora, Monrovia and Azusa. In downtown Los Angeles, a large hole swallowed a chunk of street in the 200 block of North Broadway.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The westbound 210 Freeway in Glendale reopened during rush hour after crews scrambled to clean up from a fiery big rig crash. Two trucks collided about 12:03 a.m. just east of Lowell Avenue. One "became fully engulfed" in flames, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy. Cassidy said alcohol was not suspected to have played a role in the crash. The westbound lanes were shut down for about seven hours as crews cleaned up a fuel spill.   ALSO: Girl, 14, shot dead on her bicycle in Compton is identified Big Sur wildfire grows to 500 acres; fire chief's home destroyed Sheriff's officials taped threat to arrest FBI agent, p rosecutor says Twitter:  @aribloomekatz  |  Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com      
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September 8, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo
A fire next to the 5 Freeway near Castaic has jammed traffic heading north toward the Grapevine. By 4 p.m., firefighters had knocked down the flames and were “mopping up,” said Kyle Sanford, supervising dispatcher with the L.A. County Fire Department. The California Highway Patrol said the two outside northbound lanes were still closed but should be opened by 5:15. The fire started about 1:30 and burned 3 acres in the gap of land where the northbound and southbound lanes cross north of Castaic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A fatal motorcycle accident has snarled rush-hour traffic on the eastbound 105 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said Monday evening. The accident was reported about 5:30 p.m. near Long Beach Boulevard in the Lynwood area. Only the right lane was open on the busy east-west artery, the CHP said. The agency declared a SigAlert. It was unclear how long the lanes would remain closed. There were no immediate details on the fatality.   ALSO: Asiana crash victim may have been killed by emergency vehicle Fugitive tweets taunts to D.A., then gets caught via Twitter trace Redlands superintendent denies cover-up of pregnant teacher case Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
All lanes of the 105 Freeway in Paramount have been closed in both directions as authorities respond to a man threatening to jump off an overcrossing. [Updated at 10:03 p.m.: All lanes have reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol. ] A SigAlert was issued around 6:30 p.m, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said. She added that it was not clear if transition roads to the nearby  710 Freeway are closed. She also said she did not know where traffic was being diverted.
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June 1, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
A suspected 22-year-old drunk driver triggered a multi-vehicle crash on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach early Saturday that killed one person and injured four others, authorities said. The crash occurred about 12:50 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the freeway, just south of the 91 Freeway overcrossing, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. Maria Guadalupe Vargas, who was driving a 1988 Chrysler, apparently failed to stop and crashed into a 2005 Toyota, which slammed into another vehicle that in turn hit a big-rig truck, according to a statement by the CHP. Vargas, of Wilmington, suffered major injuries and was transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, officials said.
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March 9, 1995
In your article regarding speeding in California (Feb. 26) you feed us the usual standard-issue garbage forked out by the Highway Patrol and the insurance companies, i.e., "Speed Kills!" This is absolute nonsense. Speed does not kill. Three different conditions kill: -- The road condition. Modern highways were designed in the 1950s to allow safe travel at average speeds of 75 m.p.h.! If the road surface is bad or the weather is causing poor visibility, slow down. -- The car condition.
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January 26, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A man was fatally shot Sunday morning by police after a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 from San Diego to Escondido, officials said. The incident began at 7 a.m. when police tried to stop a pickup truck. Instead of pulling over, the truck raced northward, with the man allegedly holding a gun to the head of the woman who was driving, officials said. The man reportedly told police dispatchers that he had explosives in the truck. When the truck left the freeway in Escondido, police opened fire after the man refused to surrender.
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