Northbound 405 Freeway temporarily shut down in OC after truck smashes into structure – Orange County Register

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A semi-truck carrying a forklift crashed into wooden supports beneath the under-construction Bolsa Avenue bridge in Westminster early Monday, Sept. 28, leading to the closure of the north side of the 405 Freeway for a few hours.

The truck smashed into the falsework at around 7:45 a.m., said Megan Abba, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Transportation Authority.

The crash left wooden debris scattered across several lanes and an offramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers who responded reported that the wooden supports needed “immediate repairs” and that the overpass would need to be inspected to make sure it was safe, according to traffic logs.

CHP officers shut down all lanes of the north 405 at Beach Boulevard by around 8:30 a.m. The northbound lanes were open again by 11 a.m.

No one was injured. No workers were at the construction site at the time of the crash, Abba said.

Abba said the crash left the support structure with only minor damage. She said the timetable for widening the bridge would not be affected. The freeway would be closed again starting Monday night so crews could make repairs by the next morning.

Many bridges are getting widened or replaced on the 405, between the 73 and 605 freeways in a $1.9 billion project. The 405 will have added lanes for that 16-mile stretch, with completion scheduled for 2023.

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