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405 Freeway Reopens, CHP Announces Cause of Crash

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Westside traffic is slowly crawling back to its normal crawl after a morning crash involving a CHP motorcycle officer on the northbound 405 Freeway this morning that prompted both sides to be closed. "The northbound 405 is so eerily clear," noted an LAist tipster around 5 p.m. today, about 15 minutes after all lanes were re-opened.52-year-old Officer Phillip Ortiz had pulled over a Honda SUV around 8:35 a.m. when a driver of an Infiniti sedan speeding on the shoulder crashed into the vehicles and Ortiz, according to the LA Times. He was sent to nearby Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where is condition is unknown. Three others were also hurt.

The driver “will be a major focus of our investigation,” CHP Officer Mark Garrett told the Daily News. “At some point our investigators will be interviewing him. After that, they will determine what if any charges may be filed against him.”