A construction worker fell a "significant distance" early Wednesday when a 130-foot-long steel beam gave way on the 405 Freeway in Seal Beach, closing all lanes in both directions for most of the morning commute as crews worked to repair the damaged roadway, officials said.
As of about 7:30 a.m., all lanes had been reopened.
The entire 405 Freeway was closed at the time of the 2:45 a.m. incident, as it has been nightly for months as part of the extensive West County Connectors project. All freeway lanes typically reopen from the construction closure about 6 a.m.
Traffic was diverted onto the northbound 605 Freeway as crews worked to clear the site, officials said.
The beam, which officials said weighed 60,000 pounds, was part of an interchange crossing over the 405. When it rolled over and fell, it hit other beams on the way down on the southbound side of the freeway. No other injuries were reported.
The worker who fell off the beam was rushed to Long Beach Memorial Hospital in moderate condition with head and chest injuries, Richardson said.