Nov. 3: Massive Multicar Wrecks On 710 Fwy North of 405; Over 190 Vehicles Involved! Closes 710 Freeway From 405 to 91
Heavy fog believed to be a major factor
(November 4, 2002, updated from initial Nov. 3 posting) -- Three multicar chain reaction accidents, estimated to involve a total of over 190 vehicles, took place on the 710 freeway in heavy fog mainly south of Del Amo. Blvd. on Sunday morning, Nov. 3.
Roughly forty people were hospitalized, nine reportedly in critical condition.
The three multicar pileups took place shortly before 7 a.m. The largest (photo above) involved nearly 150 vehicles and took place in the southbound 710 lanes south of Del Amo Blvd. It spanned Compton Creek and extended southbound to near the area of the Blue Line track bridge.
North of that location, another chain reaction accident took place, also in the southbound lanes, involving about two to three dozen vehicles near Del Amo. Blvd.
And in the northbound lanes, some cars crashed across from the southbound collisions.
Heavy fog is believed to have played a major role in the horrifying events which were telecast locally and on CNN and other national media outlets.
LBFD handled triage while CHP conducted investigations. Numerous LBPD units were deployed to block entrances to the 710 freeway, which was closed from the 91 freeway to the 405 freeway until early evening.