2 road workers killed after a drunk driving accident on I-405

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Two highway workers were killed after an auto collision spilled into a construction zone on I-405 near Artesia Boulevard at about 3:35 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

Authorities say a suspected drunk driver caused a collision that killed two road workers and has forced the temporary closure of the northbound 405.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), crews will have the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway closed for about a mile and a half at from Crenshaw Blvd. to Artesia Blvd. until 2 p.m. The Major Accident Investigation Team is on the freeway, and will need to repave the lane before traffic can start once more.

California Highway Patrol Officer Dion Conley says a blue Ford Explorer rear-ended a Lexus SUV early Sunday on the northbound 405 Freeway in Torrance, sending the SUV spinning out of control into a construction zone.

Two road workers were struck and killed. A third worker suffered minor injuries.

Conley says the driver of the Explorer, 24-year-old Yocio Jonathan Gomez, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

There is reportedly a 40-minute backup of vehicles waiting to exit at Crenshaw. Detours include the Harbor (110) and Anderson (105) freeways, or the grid of surface streets in the area.

With contributions by Paige Osburn

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