Women dies in 405 Freeway accident involving 2 sheriff's deputies

A woman died today in an accident on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway involving two on-duty sheriff's deputies in a patrol car, who were injured along with two other people, authorities said.

The accident near Devonshire Street occurred about 2:20 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The woman, who got out of her vehicle after it became disabled, was struck by other vehicles, KTLA5 reported from the scene. The woman's body ended up on the southbound side of the freeway.

The freeway was closed for several hours to accommodate the investigation, but all lanes were reopened by about 9:15 a.m., CHP Officer Kystal Carter said.

The fatally injured woman was in her 30s, according to Ed Winter of the coroner's office, who said her name was being withheld pending notification of her next of kin.

Los Angeles firefighters reported three males and a female were taken to hospitals. The cause of the accident was under investigation.

The deputies were on duty and assigned to a specialized unit based at the sheriff's Lennox Station, said Sgt. John Kepley of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. They were in a marked patrol car, Kepley said. One deputy was hospitalized, and the other was treated at a hospital and released, he said.

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