A car fire and a fatal crash on the 405 Freeway near the Sepulveda Pass tied up the morning commute in both directions Friday as crews worked to clear the wreckage.

Only two lanes on the either side of the freeway were expected to be open until at least 8 a.m. as authorities cleared a car fire from the southbound side and investigated a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound side, California Highway Patrol officials said.

At least three vehicles were involved in the crash on the northbound side between Mulholland and Skirball Center drives, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. One person was killed and two others were injured, the official said.

A Sigalert remained in effect for both sides of the freeway.

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