101 Freeway reopens in Westlake Village after big rig crash; driver arrested

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All lanes of the 101 Freeway have been reopened at Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village following a big-rig collision. (Megan Moureaux)

The driver of a big rig has been arrested on suspicion of DUI following a fiery crash that shut down the 101 Freeway for hours overnight in Westlake Village, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big rig was traveling eastbound with an empty trailer when it crashed and erupted in flames near Lindero Canyon Road around 9 p.m. Sunday. No one was injured, according to Los Angeles County fire officials.

Witnesses told the CHP that the driver was driving recklessly prior to the crash. They say the driver drifted to the right shoulder and traveled left across all lanes and collided with the center divider. The driver was able to get out of the big rig before it burst into flames.

The CHP says a vehicle traveling westbound was damaged from flying debris but the driver was not injured.

All lanes of the freeway were shut down immediately after the crash. Westbound lanes began reopening just before 11 p.m. All eastbound lanes reopened around 4 a.m. Monday, ahead of the morning commute.


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