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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Wind-driven smoke from a fire deep in the Cleveland National Forest forced closure of Interstate 8 for nearly two hours in eastern San Diego County, officials said Saturday. The fire east of Pine Valley erupted at approximately noon and by 5 p.m. had covered more than 100 acres. No homes were immediately threatened. The blaze was fought by air tankers and ground units, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. ALSO: Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Eureka Medal of Honor recipient to be buried today Crash survivor killed in hit-and-run as he crosses freeway, police say Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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HEALTH
March 8, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
An 18-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday as he tried to run across the 5 Freeway in Sunland after surviving a multivehicle crash, officials said. The incident occurred at 4:20 a.m. in the freeway's northbound lanes north of Tuxford Street, authorities said. The man was a passenger in a 2000 Honda Accord coupe that collided with a big rig, said Officer Monica Posada of the California Highway Patrol. The car came to a stop, blocking the two left lanes.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Thirty vehicles, including a semi-truck, crashed into each other on a snowy highway in Denver on Saturday morning, killing one person and injuring several, police said . The entire northbound side of Interstate 25 remained blocked near Downing Street by the pileup as of late morning, according to traffic camera video. Ambulances and police cars surrounded the cloudy scene. No tow trucks appeared to be in the area. At least one firetruck was on the southbound side of the freeway, slowing traffic on that side as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City.  The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher "C.J. " Saraceno II lost his balance and fell down the steps of the 2001 Ford F-550. The L.A. County district attorney's office is considering filing criminal charges against Ayrapet Kasabyan, president of Hyros Corp., which operates Platinum Style Limousine Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two California Highway Patrol officers died early Monday morning after crashing on the 99 Freeway south of Fresno, officials said. Both officers were in the same car as they were responding to a crash on the freeway when they were involved in their own collision around 6 a.m., said CHP Officer Axel Reyes. The wreck occurred on the southbound 99 Freeway north of Sierra Street near Kingsburg, he said. "It looks like they struck a pole," Reyes said. It's unclear which crash the officers were initially responding to, but Reyes said it appears that it involved at least two vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Ari Bloomekatz
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law grinded through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013, the young officers were reunited in the CHP's Fresno office, where they worked the graveyard shift side by side. They spent time together off-duty, and talked to their families about one another, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
State transportation officials said Monday night that motorists were encountering 45-minute delays on the 405 Freeway during "Jamzilla" and that the project was expected to be finished in time for the Tuesday morning rush-hour commute. The paving and striping on the northbound lanes between Sunset and Ventura boulevards was on target to be completed by 6 a.m., the California Department of Transportation said. The work is part of a $1.1-billion project to build the final 10-mile leg of the 405's northbound carpool lane over the Sepulveda Pass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The monster-evoking “Jamzilla” lane closures on the northbound 405 Freeway this weekend appear to have appropriately scared off motorists, officials said. Traffic on the freeway in the Sepulveda Pass flowed with minimal delays on Saturday and Sunday. Three of five lanes were shutdown during the day to allow for repaving and restriping. Northbound motorists experienced delays of only seven to 10 minutes, “which shows a lot of people have taken to heart our warnings about staying out of the area,” said Paul Gonzales, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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