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Fatal crash snarls traffic on 405 Freeway in West LA

A fatal crash on the 405 Freeway backed up traffic for miles on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

February 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities are investigating a fatal crash on the 405 Freeway that backed up traffic for miles Tuesday night.

The crash happened around 8:25 p.m. just north of Santa Monica Boulevard.

The California Highway Patrol said a 56-year-old woman died in the three-vehicle crash.

No other injuries were reported. The victim's identity has not been released.

The collision initially shut down all southbound lanes except the carpool lane, turning the freeway into a huge parking lot.

Crews reopened all lanes shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.