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Major Delays for Los Angeles Commuters

Freeway Bridges

Freeway Bridges (Photo credit: Franco Folini)

On Tuesday morning, numerous freeways were impacted by accidents that created intense traffic jams, delays, and even closures on the major highways.

In Glendale, the Interstate 5 Freeway and the 134 Freeway were forced to a halt after a big rig overturned near Griffith Park late Monday night.

The accident occurred at 11:50 p.m. The truck was traveling southbound on the 5 and was carrying green peppers. It rolled over and subsequently blocked two lanes and the connection road from the eastbound 134 onto the 5.

California Highway Patrol responded to the crash to investigate. There were no injuries reported; however, the mess took some time to clear. The lanes were not reopened until 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and then the transition road was available once more about 15 minutes after.

The cause of the accident has not been determined at this time.

Slightly outside of Los Angeles in Perris, California, an accident took place that closed down all lanes of the southbound 215 Freeway.

This accident happened Tuesday morning around 7:30 near D Street. A vehicle was towing a mobile home that then hit a bridge and fell off of the truck. The mobile home created a large obstruction for fellow travelers, forcing CHP to shut down the freeway all together.

The bridge with which the home collided was under construction at the time of the accident. Because of the further damage that has occurred, the freeway will be closed for at least 24 hours to make appropriate reparations for safe travel.

This accident is still being inspected by CHP and it is unclear at this point whether there were any injuries.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the 215 Freeway and to use the alternate State Route 74 from the Interstate 15 in Corona.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of severe injury or fatality.

Alleged Drunk Driving Accident Kills Two

English: A California Highway Patrol unit on t...

English: A California Highway Patrol unit on the scene of a car accident on Interstate 280 near Menlo Park. Photographed on October 19, 2005 by user Coolcaesar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early on Saturday morning, two victims were killed after a car smashed into a big rig. The driver of the vehicle was supposedly under the influence.

The accident took place at about 2:50 a.m. on the southbound side of the 405 Freeway at Rosecrans Avenue. According to the police report, a 2008 Toyota, in which the two victims were riding slammed into a big rig and then was hit by a Volvo.

The driver of the Toyota and another passenger were taken to the hospital for moderate injuries; the other two passengers were declared dead at the scene. The conditions of the two survivors are unknown at this time.

The alleged DUI driver is Marvin Arriola, 30. He has been arrested on suspicion, but was treated for his injuries first.

Injuries were reported for the driver of the Volvo as well, but the big rig operator was unharmed.

The two 25-year-old victims have been identified as Stefanie Ramirez and Rene Romero from Compton, California. The cause of the accident has been identified as the level of Arriola’s intoxication and the high speeds at which he was driving.

The scene of the accident, including the Rosecrans off ramp and right lane of the freeway were closed for a large chunk of the morning while California Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

Retired NYPD Officer Saves Woman’s Life on Santa Monica Freeway

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Perfect 10 (Photo credit: squarecircle)

Marc Manfro was heading to the beach on Sunday when he saw something that was shocking and dangerous all at once. His instincts kicked in and he put his own life in serious danger to save a stranger’s.

Manfro worked with the New York Police Department prior to this incidence and now lives in Castaic, California. On his journey to the ocean, he spotted a woman standing in the middle of the 10 Freeway.

Upon entering the westbound 10 Freeway from the 405, Manfro spotted the middle-aged woman standing alone as cars passed her at high speeds at Bundy Drive. It was around 8:00 a.m., which means likely that there was less traffic, sparing her life to that point.

Manfro was sure that he was about to see this woman get killed. He wanted to save her but was unsure whether he would be able to or whether he would be able to in time. A quick decision was made and he went about to rescue the troubled woman.

He ignited his hazard lights and came to a stop near where she was standing, half in the right lane and half in the shoulder. He then went about slowing down the other lanes to walk across and grab her.

A minivan driven by M’Lissa Fleming was in the lane next to him. He signaled for her to stop and she did. She then watched him attempt to travel across the next lane, inching closer to the victim. Fleming expresses her fear that her children would have seen the woman die, and that was not something that she wanted to experience.

Manfro got one more vehicle to stop in his path and his route to the woman became clear. He then ran to her, grabbed her and carried her back to the right hand shoulder. According to Manfro, she resisted and screamed, “You’re not God!”

Based on the state of her clothing and hygiene, she was likely homeless and wanted to harm herself. Manfro had to restrain her the entire time until California Highway Patrol arrived to take her away to receive medical attention.

Everyone is calling Manfro a hero, deservedly. “It takes a certain kind of person to put yourself out there to try to save someone else. He did a good job,” states Officer Karina Munoz.

Manfro sided with the woman when she stated that he was not God; he retorted, “I agree with you I’m not God, but today I’m doing his work.”

Motorcyclist Killed in Accident Identified

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident (Photo credit: Curtis Gregory Perry)

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has just released the identity of the motorcyclist that was killed over the weekend.

Devin Lyle Cortina, a 19 year old from Apple Valley was killed early Sunday morning on the Interstate 10 freeway in Pomona.

The accident occurred shortly after midnight. Cortina’s bike had broken down while he was in the second lane of the freeway traveling west. He was standing in the lane with the inoperative motorcycle when he was hit by a pickup truck. The truck forced him into the next lane where he was hit by a smaller vehicle.

There were also two other vehicles that had crashed in attempts to avoid hitting him, and they are being considered part of the collision.

Cortina was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident was responded to by California Highway Patrol. They took statements and began the cleanup. It was not until later on Sunday that the coroner’s office confirmed the identity.

Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and tend to cause incredible harm to riders. Whether you ride a bike or drive a car, it is essential to be aware of motorcyclists.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether in an automobile or on a motorcycle, contact a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing claims; and receiving the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.