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August 17, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
After 10 months of preparations, demolition crews were putting bulldozers, cranes and other wrecking equipment in place Saturday afternoon in the final hours before a full-scale shutdown of a four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County. On an average summer weekend day, more than 300,000 vehicles zoom (or lurch) down that section of the 405 between the 605 and 22 freeways. At 9 p.m. on Saturday the 20-hour closure is scheduled to begin, forcing traffic onto the streets of Westminster and nearby neighborhoods.
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January 8, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
The man who was killed Monday night after he lost control of his motorcycle on the 2 Freeway was a former chief of surgery at two local hospitals and a prominent physician, officials said. Thomas Grosch, 53, of La Cañada Flintridge was pronounced dead at the crash scene near Mountain Street, Los Angeles County coroner assistant chief Ed Winter told the Glendale News-Press. He was traveling north on the freeway at about 5:55 p.m. on a Harley Davidson, possibly at a high rate of speed, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Miller.
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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.
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March 28, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
All lanes of the 605 Freeway are now open after two men were killed early Thursday morning in a chain reaction accident, the California Highway Patrol said. The southbound freeway was closed for about three hours near Whittier Boulevard beginning around 2:30 a.m., the CHP said. The collisions were set off by a car that came to rest on the roadway after crashing into the center divider. The driver walked to the right shoulder and was unhurt. No alcohol is suspected, said CHP officer Francisco Villalobos.
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January 30, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who walked onto the northbound 57 Freeway in Orange County late Wednesday night was struck by a car and killed, authorities said. The incident occurred about 10 minutes before midnight on the freeway just north of Yorba Linda Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver was traveling about 65 mph when "for unknown reasons" the man walked into the lane in front of the car, and the driver was unable to swerve away, the CHP said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital, where he died.
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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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August 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A traffic collision involving a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer briefly shut down the interchange from the eastbound 10 to the northbound 110 freeway during Tuesday morning's rush hour. The officer notified dispatch of the accident about 7:50 a.m., said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. The officer was taken to a local hospital for a possible leg injury. The injury was not considered life-threatening, Madera said. The California Highway Patrol had opened one lane on the freeway interchange by 8:30 a.m. with additional lanes expected to open later in the morning.
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November 30, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Three Lancaster residents, including a 12-year-old girl, were killed Saturday in a single-vehicle accident on the northbound 110 Freeway just north of downtown Los Angeles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Two women, ages 37 and 19, and the young girl were pronounced dead at the scene following the accident that occurred about 12:15 a.m. near the connector to the northbound 5 Freeway, authorities said. The driver of the GMC minivan, identified as a 55-year-old man, and several other passengers, including a 36-year-old man, a 13-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, all suffered minor to moderate injuries, authorities said.
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May 15, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Proclaiming July 10 as "710 Day" in the city, Alhambra reaffirmed its support for a controversial tunnel that would connect the Long Beach and Foothill freeways. “We as a city want to raise awareness that now is the time [the 710 freeway] can be completed,” Alhambra Mayor Steve Placido said at a news conference Tuesday at City Hall. Extending the 710 Freeway from its terminus in Alhambra via a tunnel to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena has long been a controversial proposal, with a collage of politically powerful neighborhoods and elected officials all coming down hard on the idea.
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