13 Hurt As Bus Goes Thru Median On 405 In Valley

NORTH HILLS (CNS) - A bus crashed into several vehicles and went through the center median of the San Diego (405) Freeway in the heart of the San Fernando Valley Sunday.

Los Angeles firefighters reported at least 13 were injured, and the CHP reported that some were bleeding.

Fifteen minutes after the crash, fire trucks were reportedly stuck, trying to get past stopped traffic en route to multiple crashes on the 405 Freeway near Nordhoff Street.

Most of the wreckage was on the southbound 405 approaching Nordhoff, but at least one crashed vehicle was on the northbound side. Cement debris was reported on the 12-lane freeway as well.

The crash was at 1:01 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson. A SigAlert was issued at 1:07 p.m. as all lanes were closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Preliminary reports were of at least 13 injured, with three of them in serious condition, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

CHP units were warned that blocked drivers were turning around on the southbound 405 lanes and exiting via the Devonshire Boulevard onramp, to get off the jammed freeway. Southbound traffic quickly backed up several miles, and was stopped on the 118 Freeway as well.

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