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Photo: Big Rig Crash Leaves 101 Freeway So Jammed People Are Walking Out of Their Cars

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Just in time for rush hour traffic, the southbound lanes on the 101 Freeway were shut down this afternoon due to a crash near Melrose Ave. involving a big rig. It's so bad that from an aerial view of the freeway, you can see people getting out of their cars and walking around! (It looks like a scene out of REM's "Everybody Hurts" music video.)

All the southbound lanes were closed, backing up traffic from Santa Monica Blvd. to Barham Blvd. starting around 3 p.m. today and one lane was open at 4 p.m. between Santa Monica Blvd. and Normandie Ave., according to NBC Los Angeles. The crash involved a big rig and at least four cars. Authorities report that the big rig driver may have fallen asleep on the road. At least three people were taken to the hospital.

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: According to NBC Los Angeles, all the lanes of the 101 Freeway reopened around 5:20 p.m.