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UPDATE: 5 Freeway in Los Angeles reopens after police chase that ended in deadly crash

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An SUV that crashed during a police chase on the northbound 5 Freeway east of Downtown Los Angeles on February 1, 2013.

UPDATE: 8:05 a.m.: The California Highway Patrol says all five northbound lanes were reopened at about 7:50 a.m.

Traffic is backed up for miles and it will take some time for the backup to clear.

PREVIOUSLY: A Los Angeles police chase of robbery suspects ended in a deadly crash on Interstate 5, shutting down the freeway for hours and backing up traffic for miles.

Police were chasing a vehicle after a 7-Eleven convenience store robbery in Boyle Heights when the vehicle flipped at about 3 a.m. Friday just east of downtown.

Officers were pursuing three suspects wanted for an armed robbery when the crash occurred near the Pasadena Avenue exit, NBC LA reported. One of the passengers in the sport utility vehicle that was being pursued was killed after the driver struck a van on the northbound 5 Freeway, the TV station reported.

Two others in the SUV were hurt and the van driver was not injured.

Money is scattered across freeway lanes.

The California Highway Patrol says northbound lanes of the 5 Freewayare expected to be shut down until at least 7 a.m.

Traffic was already backed up for miles before the start of the morning commute.

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