Three people were hurt, two critically, in a fiery crash involving a big rig and a car on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway Monday afternoon, stranding scores of motorists in the heavily traveled Sepulveda Pass as crews worked to clear the scene.
The crash near Mulholland Drive was reported about 2:50 p.m., snarling traffic in both directions for miles.
The big rig, which was loaded with concrete and gravel, collided with a car and overturned on top of the vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision sparked a fire that burned both vehicles.
A good Samaritan stopped and managed to pull three people to safety, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman and reports from the scene.
Two patients in critical condition were transported for hospital treatment, as was a third person with moderate injuries, Bastman said.
The crash shut down the carpool, number 1 and two lanes on the northbound 405, and the carpool and number 1, 2 and 3 lanes on the southbound side, prompting the CHP to issue a SigAlert at 3:08 p.m., Officer Stephan Brandt said.
The freeway lanes will likely remain closed for hours, and motorists should avoid the area if possible, Brandt said.