September 2, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a suspected drunken driver caused a crash that killed two road workers and forced the closure of a major Southern California freeway.
California Highway Patrol Officer Dion Conley says a blue Ford Explorer rear-ended a Lexus SUV early Sunday on the northbound 405 Freeway in Torrance, sending the SUV spinning out of control into a construction zone.
Two road workers were struck and killed. A third worker suffered minor injuries.
Conley says the driver of the Explorer, 24-year-old Yocio Jonathan Gomez, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The workers were employed by contractors to Caltrans.
Conley says all northbound lanes of the 405 will be closed for about a mile and a half from Crenshaw Blvd. to Artesia Blvd. for much of the day as the investigation continues and the road work concludes.
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