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Bus crash closes 405 Freeway in San Fernando Valley and leaves more than two dozen injured

Bus crash closes 405 Freeway in San Fernando Valley and leaves more than two dozen injured
An aerial image from video provided by KABC-TV shows the wreckage of a bus crash on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles on Sunday. Authorities say at least 25 people were injured when the bus crashed through a concrete divider on the highway and struck other vehicles. (KABC-TV via AP)

A section of the 405 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley was shut down in both directions Sunday afternoon after a charter bus crossed the center divider and crashed into another vehicle, triggering other collisions and injuring more than two dozen people, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 1 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the freeway north of Nordhoff Street in North Hills, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. That triggered other vehicle crashes on both sides of the freeway.

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Twenty-five people were taken to hospitals, with five listed in serious condition — ranging in age from 30 to 88 — and all others in fair condition with minor injuries, officials said. Fifteen other people were evaluated at the scene.

No other details about the injured were available.

The private charter bus was carrying at least 37 people coming from a church event at the Forum in Inglewood, California Highway Patrol Officer Wescon Haver told KTLA-TV, Channel 5.

As of 7:15 p.m. Sunday, the southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway remain closed around the crash site.

7:15 p.m.: This article was updated with new information from LAFD.

2:40 p.m.: This article was updated with new information from LAFD regarding the number of people injured.

This article was originally posted at 2:10 p.m.

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