Two California Highway Patrol officers were injured in a crash on the 405 Freeway in Fountain Valley early Friday morning, officials said, closing all lanes of the southbound artery for nearly four hours.
Officers were called shortly before 3 a.m. after reports of a crash near Bushard Street involving a CHP SUV cruiser and three other vehicles, said CHP Officer Monica Posada. By 8 a.m., authorities had arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence and causing the crash.
Posada said the CHP patrol car was stopped with its hazard lights on when a car traveling in a southbound lane struck two other vehicles. One of the cars, a white Prius, veered out of its lane and crashed into the CHP cruiser.
The woman driving the Prius and the two officers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Posada said.
A second crash involving four vehicles closed the carpool lane of the northbound 405 shortly before 7 a.m., the CHP reported. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured in that crash.
All southbound lanes of the freeway were closed between Warner Avenue and Brookhurst Street for several hours after the initial crash, the CHP said. But by 11 a.m., all lanes had been reopened.